“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 47, “The Fall of Babylon”

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“Be Still,” Yolanda Adams

“The Fall of Babylon,” Isaiah 47:1) Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground:  there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans:  for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.  2) Take the millstones, and grind meal; uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.  3) Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen:  I Will Take Vengeance, And I Will Not Meet Thee As A Man.  4) As For our Redeemer, The Lord Of Hosts Is His Name, The Holy One Of Israel.  5) Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans:  for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of the kingdoms.  1 Samuel 2:9; Daniel 2:37.  6) I Was Wroth With My People, I Have Polluted Mine Inheritance, And Given them into thine hand:  thou didst shew them no Mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.   

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, O virgin daughter of Babylon She was about to discover that she was the daughter of the Chaldeans.   v2, 3 Grinding meal was usually work for female slaves.  Babylon would lose its status and privilege.  Nakedness indicates disgrace, impropriety, lack of dignity and vulnerability.  v4, In contrast to the humiliated Babylon, Israel Had A Redeemer.  v5, The similar structure of vv. 1, 5 link the first stanza (vv. 1-4) with the second stanza (vv. 5-8).  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.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Why link wicked Babylon with a virgin Daughter?  This chapter is a mocking poem, taunting the Babylonians with news of their fall from power and privilege.  The virgin Daughter is untouched, a pampered princess in the royal palace.  Our Biblical glimpses of Babylon fit this picture (see Daniel 5)—the Babylonian leaders seemed proud of their position and unconcerned.  But those days of ease are over, the Prophet says.  v6, “How Did God Desecrate His Inheritance?”   The word means to take a Holy Thing and do something unholy with it.  His Inheritance Is Israel, His People—He Wants Them To Live In A Holy Relationship With Him.  In His Anger, God Handed Them Over To The Babylonians, To Teach Them A Lesson.    

 Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, Babylon is represented under the emblem of a female in deep distress.  She was to be degraded and endure sufferings; and is represented sitting on the ground grinding at the hand-mill, the lowest and most laborious service.  God Was Righteous In His Vengeance, and none should interpose (come between).  The Prophet Exults In The Lord Of Hosts, As The Redeemer And Holy One Of Israel.  God Often Permits Wicked Men To Prevail Against His People; But Those Who Cruelly Oppress Them Will Be Punished.  

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