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“Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
daughter of the Chaldeans;
for you will no more be called the queen-mother of kingdoms. Bible

“queen-mother.” The Hebrew word translated “queen-mother” is gebereth (#01404 גְּבֶרֶת), and it can refer to the queen-mother, the queen, or a mistress over servants (Gen. 16:14; 2 Kings 5:3). In this context it refers to a woman who is the queen-mother, that is, the mother of the king and thus still considered a queen (BDAG Hebrew-English lexicon). The Queen-mother was the most powerful woman in the kingdom, much more powerful than any of the wives of the king, who often did not have much real power at all. Isaiah 47:5 refers to Babylon as the “queen-mother” of kingdoms because it was the most powerful kingdom in the biblical world at that time.


Commentary for: Isaiah 47:5