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The ruin of Babylon and her idols, ver. 1 - 2.
God's love and faithfulness to the Jews. ver. 3 - 4.
Idols not to be compared with God, ver. 5 - 8.
for power, knowledge, and sure salvation, ver. 9 - 13.
1: Bel - The chief idol of the Babylonians, called by profane
historians Jupiter Belus. Boweth - As the Babylonians used to bow
down to him to worship, so now he bows down to the victorious Persians.
Nebo - Another of the famous idols, which used to deliver oracles.
Their idols - Were taken and broken, and the materials of them, gold,
silver, and brass, were carried upon beasts into Persia.
Your carriages - O ye Persians, to whom he turns his speech.
2: They - The Babylonians. Together - The Babylonians and
their idols together, neither could help the other. Deliver - The
Babylonians could not deliver their idols.
3: Carried - Whom I have nourished, ever since you were a people, and
came out of Egypt; and that as tenderly, as parents bring up their own
7: Remove - He can stir neither hand nor foot to help his people.
8: Bring it - Think of this again and again, ye who have been guilty
of this foolish sin.
10: Declaring - Foretelling from the beginning of the world, future
events which should happen in succeeding ages, even to the end of the world.
11: A bird - Cyrus, called a bird for his swiftness, and
ravenous for his fierceness, and victoriousness over his enemies.
13: I bring - Tho' you are unrighteous, I will shew myself a righteous
and faithful God, making good my promise of delivering you out of Babylon
after seventy years. It - My work of saving you from the Babylonish
captivity. Will place - I will bring my people to Zion, and save them
from all their enemies. My glory - In whom I will once again glory as my