Cry out in mourning over it!
Get medicine for her wounds!
Perhaps she can be healed!
51:60 Jeremiah recorded 2 on one scroll all the judgments 3 that would come upon Babylon – all these prophecies 4 written about Babylon. 51:61 Then Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “When you arrive in Babylon, make sure 5 you read aloud all these prophecies. 6 51:62 Then say, ‘O Lord, you have announced that you will destroy this place so that no people or animals live in it any longer. Certainly it will lie desolate forever!’ 51:63 When you finish reading this scroll aloud, tie a stone to it and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates River. 7 51:64 Then say, ‘In the same way Babylon will sink and never rise again because of the judgments 8 I am ready to bring upon her; they will grow faint.’”
The prophecies of Jeremiah end here. 9
1 tn The verbs in this verse and the following are all in the Hebrew perfect tense, a tense that often refers to a past action or a past action with present results. However, as the translator’s notes have indicated, the prophets use this tense to view the actions as if they were as good as done (the Hebrew prophetic perfect). The stance here is ideal, viewed as already accomplished.
2 tn Or “wrote.”
3 tn Or “disaster”; or “calamity.”
4 tn Heb “words” (or “things”).
5 tn Heb “see [that].”
6 tn Heb “words” (or “things”).
7 tn The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied for clarity.
8 tn Or “disaster”; or “calamity.”
9 sn The final chapter of the book of Jeremiah does not mention Jeremiah or record any of his prophecies.