LECTURE ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY SECOND
49. As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
49. Sicuti Babylon ut caderent (hoc est, fecit ut caderent, subaudiendum est aliquid,) interfecti Israelis, sic Babyloni cadent interfecti totius terrae.
THE words literally read thus, "As Babylon, that they might fall, the slain of Israel, so for Babylon they shall fall, the slain of all the lands." Some, omitting the
We may now easily gather what the Prophet means, "As Babylon," he says, "has made many in Israel to fall, so now the Babylonians themselves shall fall." To render
In short, the Prophet means, that though God may suffer for a time the ungodly to rage against his Church, yet he will be at the suitable season its avenger, so that they shall everywhere be slain who have been thus cruel.
But we hence learn that we ought by no means to despair when God allows so much liberty to the ungodly, so that they slay the miserable and the innocent, for the same thing happened formerly to the ancient people. It was the Church of God in which the Chaldeans committed that carnage of which the Prophet speaks: the children of God were then slain as sheep. If the same thing should happen to us at this day, there would be no reason for us to despond, but to wait for the time of vengeance of which the Prophet speaks here; for experience will then show how precious to God is the life of all the godly. It now follows, --
1 This verse may be deemed as the shouting song at the fall of Babylon, --
"As Babylon made to fall the slain of Israel, So for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the land."
It is said before, in Jeremiah 50:47, that her slain should fall in the midst of her land. "For Babylon" means, on account of what she had done. But if it be "in Babylon," means, on account of what she had done. But of Babylon; and the intimation is, that there would be none led captive, but slain in the land, except "all" be taken, as is often the case, as signifying a large number. -- Ed.
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