“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams
“The Fall of Babylon,” cont’d, Isaiah 47:7) And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. 8) Therefore Hear Now This, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. Zephaniah 2:15. 9) But These Two Things Shall Come To thee In A Moment In One Day, The Loss Of Children, And Widowhood: They Shall Come Upon Thee In Their Perfection For the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. 1 Thessalonians 5:3. 10) For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. 11) Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. 12) Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. 13) Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazzers, the monthly prognosticators (those that make predictions), stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Daniel 2:2. 14) Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from The Power Of The Flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. 15) Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee. Revelation 18:11.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7 Babylon’s cruel abuse of Israel when The Lord Had Given Them Into Babylon’s hand would be avenged. a lady forever: Babylon arrogantly boasted that it would remain an empire forever, “the Lady of Kingdoms” throughout all time. v8, 9 Babylon had deified itself with the statement I am. This wicked self-deification mirrors the boasting of the king of Tyre (Ezekiel 28:11-19). Babylon is no longer considered a virgin (v. 1), but is a widow. The loss of children suggests the loss of hope in the future. v10, Wickedness, wisdom, and knowledge refer to the same idea as “sorceries” and “enchantments.” No one sees me: The wicked believe that there is no All-Knowing, All-Seeing God. v11, The word therefore links Babylon’s pretentions of “knowledge” (v. 10) with the Just Judgment that the nation did not know. v12-14, The command to stand matches The Lord’s Introductory Commands in vv. 1, 5. The word sorceries links the final stanza with the early ones (vv. 9, 10). v15, Babylon’s fate would also overtake those with whom it had labored, its ancient merchants, on whose trade it depended for its wealth.
Quest Study Bible – v8, 10, SCRIPTURE LINK God Made A Similar Boast Earlier (45:5-6), But He Could Back It Up. v12-13, “What kind of sorceries, spells and astrology could be found in Babylon?” Many ancient writers refer to Babylon as a source of the magic arts. With various charms and ritual incarnations, sorcerers sought to manipulate the spirit world for their own benefit. Astrologers charted the stars and advised kings. Daniel, with his own Source Of Spiritual Knowledge, was added to the ranks of Babylonian astrologers, (Daniel 1:17, 20; 2:2). The magi who visited Jesus may have been heirs of this tradition. Also see “What were the frightening signs in the sky? ” (Jeremiah 10:1-2).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v7-15, Let us beware of acting and speaking as Babylon did; of trusting in tyranny and oppression; of boasting as to our abilities, relying on ourselves, and ascribing success to our own prudence and wisdom; lest we partake of her plagues. Those in the height of prosperity, are apt to fancy themselves out of the reach of adversity. It is also common for sinners to think they shall be safe, because they think to be secret in wicked ways. But their security shall be their ruin. Let Us Draw From Such Passages As The Foregoing (Just Mentioned), Those Lessons of Humility And Trust In God Which They (The Lessons) Convey. If We Believe The Word Of God, We May Know How It Will Be With The Righteous And The Wicked For All Eternity. We May Know How To Escape The Wrath To Come, To Glorify God, To Have Peace Through Life, Hope In Death, And Everlasting Happiness. Let Us Then Stand Aloof From All Delusions. Amen.