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Jeremiah 51:32

    Jeremiah 51:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and the passages are seized, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the ways across the river have been taken, and the water-holes ... burned with fire, and the men of war are in the grip of fear.

    Webster's Revision

    and the passages are seized, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.

    World English Bible

    and the passages are seized, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are frightened.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and the passages are surprised, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.

    Clarke's Commentary on Jeremiah 51:32

    That the passages are stopped - Either the bridges or slips for boats, by which the inhabitants passed from one side to the other, and may mean the principal gates or passes in the city, which the victorious army would immediately seize, that they might prevent all communication between the inhabitants.

    The reeds they have burned with fire - What this means I cannot tell, unless it refer to something done after the taking of the city. Setting fire to the reeds in the marshy ground, in order the better to clear the places, and give a freer passage to the water, that it may neither stagnate nor turn the solid ground into a marsh. Dr. Blayney thinks it refers to the firing of the houses, in order to throw the inhabitants into the greater confusion; but no historian makes any mention of burning the city, except what is said Jeremiah 51:30, "They have burned her dwelling places;" and this may be a poetical expression. That they burnt nothing before they took the city must be evident from the circumstance of their taking the city by surprise, in the night time, with the greatest secrecy. Still there might have been some gates, barricadoes, or wooden works, serving for barracks or such like, which obstructed some of the great passages, which, when they had entered, they were obliged to burn, in order to get themselves a ready passage through the city. This is the more likely because this burning of reeds is connected with the stopping of the passages, burning the dwelling places, and breaking the bars.

    Barnes' Notes on Jeremiah 51:32

    The passages are stopped - The ferries are seized, occupied. The historians state that when Cyrus captured the city his troops moved down the bed of the river and occupied all these ferries, finding at each of them the gates negligently left open. See the Daniel 5:1 note.

    The reeds - literally, the marshes or pools, which formed an important part of the defenses of Babylon, were dried up as completely as a piece of wood would be consumed by fire.

    Wesley's Notes on Jeremiah 51:32

    51:32 The passages - The passages over the river Euphrates, and all the other passages by which the Babylonians might make their escape, were guarded with soldiers. Reeds - On the border of the river Euphrates were vast quantities of great and tall reeds, which with the mud in which they stood, were as another wall to the city; but the Medes had burnt them so as the way was open.