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shall never [netsach] be inhabited [yashab],
neither shall it be dwelt [shakan] in from
generation [dowr] to generation [dowr]: neither shall the Arabian [`Arabiy] pitch tent ['ahal] there;
neither shall the shepherds [ra`ah] make their
fold [rabats] there. KJV-Interlinear
20 It will
never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; Nor will the Arab
pitch his tent there, Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there. NASB
Throughout its history, Babylon enjoyed great notoriety and beauty and glory insofar as that is possible for a city of this world.
Even when Babylon was invaded and defeated several times over, the nation and city was never totally and completely devastated as is being described in this current verse.
All the way down through the centuries even into the first century A.D., Babylon was still a center of trade and prosperity. It did not decline dramatically until well into the dark ages.
However, this verse describes a region that will be totally devastated and virtually empty of inhabitants for many generations following its final destruction.
The term Arab, is the description typically attributed to the descendants of Ishmael, who were a nomadic people that lived in tents and migrated from area to area, never really settling down permanently in one place.
And so Babylon is described as a region so desolate, so worthless, so destroyed that even nomadic people and sheperds will not settle there even on a temporary basis. This will be an area that will be empty of permanent and even temporary inhabitants.
And of course we understand that this will occur after the second advent of Christ.
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