One runner after another will come to the king of Babylon. One messenger after another will come bringing news. 1 They will bring news to the king of Babylon that his whole city has been captured. 2
One courier follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,
One courier runs to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end;
Messengers from every side come running to the king to tell him all is lost!
Runner after runner comes racing in, each on the heels of the last, Bringing reports to the king of Babylon that his city is a lost cause.
One man, running, will give word to another, and one who goes with news will be handing it on to another, to give word to the king of Babylon that his town has been taken from every quarter:
One runner runs to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken from end to end:
One runner will run to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on all sides;
and one messenger
that his city
at [one] end
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after another will come
to the king of Babylon. One
messenger after another will come
bringing news. They
will bring news
to the king
his whole city
has been captured.
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1 tn Heb “Runner will run to meet runner and…” The intent is to portray a relay of runners carrying the news that follows on in vv. 31d-33 to the king of Babylon. The present translation attempts to spell out the significance.
2 tn Heb “Runner will run to meet runner and messenger to meet messenger to report to the king of Babylon that his city has been taken in [its] entirety.” There is general agreement among the commentaries that the first two lines refer to messengers converging on the king of Babylon from every direction bringing news the sum total of which is reported in the lines that follow. For the meaning of the last phrase see BDB 892 s.v. קָצֶה 3 and compare the usage in Gen 19:4 and Isa 56:11. The sentence has been broken down and restructured to better conform with contemporary English style.