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30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they remain in their strongholds; their might hath failed; they are become as women: her dwelling-places are set on fire; her bars are broken. 31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every quarter: 32 and the [a]passages are seized, and the [b]reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.

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  1. Jeremiah 51:32 Or, fords
  2. Jeremiah 51:32 Or, marshes. Hebrew pools.

30 Babylon’s warriors(A) have stopped fighting;
    they remain in their strongholds.
Their strength is exhausted;
    they have become weaklings.(B)
Her dwellings are set on fire;(C)
    the bars(D) of her gates are broken.
31 One courier(E) follows another
    and messenger follows messenger
to announce to the king of Babylon
    that his entire city is captured,(F)
32 the river crossings seized,
    the marshes set on fire,(G)
    and the soldiers terrified.(H)

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