Jeremiah 51:12

“Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Set vp the standart vpon the walles of Babylon, make the watch strong: set vp the watchman: prepare the ambushes: for the Lord hath both deuised and done that, which hee spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Lift up a signal against the walls of Babylon; Post a strong guard, Station sentries, Place men in ambush! For the LORD has both purposed and performed What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes; for Jehovah hath both purposed and done that which he spake concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let the flag be lifted up against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, put the watchmen in their places, make ready a surprise attack: for it is the Lord's purpose, and he has done what he said about the people of Babylon.
- Basic English Bible

Lift up a banner towards the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes; for Jehovah hath both devised and done that which he spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
- Darby Bible

Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
- Webster's Bible

Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes; for Yahweh has both purposed and done that which he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
- World English Bible

Unto the walls of Babylon lift up an ensign, Strengthen the watch, Establish the watchers, prepare the ambush, For Jehovah hath both devised and done that which He spake, Concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes; for the LORD hath both devised and done that which He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 51:12


51:12 Set up - These seem to be the prophet's words to the Babylonians, rousing them out of their security. Historians tell us that the city was fortified by walls of fifty cubits high, and two hundred cubits broad, and by a very deep and large ditch.


Discussion for Jeremiah 51

  • John P
    This is all about israel being Gods battle axe and weapons of war. Christianity as a religion wasnt even in existence yet. The first people to be called chritians were in antioch and they called that because they were follwers of Christ. They practiced as as he did following the tenets of judaism. Worshiping on the sabbath which is SATURDAY, keeping the Lords passover, Rosh Hashana and ect. All biblical mandates by God.
  • Lexy Lilian for verse 20
    I would also like to say that F. K. TETTEH, I agree with you, we Christians are God's weapon of war. God uses Christians in these last days to fight his battles and Christians will fight on the day of the Lord. AMEN
  • Lexy Lilian
    Some Bible versions say that Babylon is the Lords battle axe, which is not right, rather its Israel, does any have some thing to say about this?
  • F.k Tetteh for verse 20
    For every Christian is an instrument of God to change the world.
  • Betty mensah for verse 20
    God needs us for war.we are the war instruments in the arms of God. Only sharp instruments do well in the war front. Therefore be sharp in the word of God and in prayer.
  • Insight 777
    In Sept 2010 the Israeli Air Force demolished a Syrian nuclear power plant under construction in a remote site on the Euphrates river. It was called operation Babylon. North Korea assisted the Syria covert nuclear program with nuclear technology. If a nuclear power plant is built on the Euphrates in the future and becomes damaged then the water supply of the Euphrates could become undrinkable because of nuclear water contamination. The people of Syria and Iraq would lose the use of their water, as if it were dried up because it would be nuclear poisoned.

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