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Why call wicked Babylon a Virgin Daughter? (Isaiah 47:1)

47 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. (KJV)

 Isaiah 47 New International Version (NIV)
The Fall of Babylon

47 “Go down, sit in the dust,
    Virgin Daughter Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
    queen city of the Babylonians.[a]
No more will you be called
    tender or delicate.

Isaiah 47:1

ESV - 1 Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, the terms "virgin", "tender", and "delicate", as applied to Babylon in the verse cited in the question do not denote virtue or purity, but refer to the fact that Babylon to that point had not been conquered or overrun. In the passage, God is indicating that that status is going to change, and that Babylon will be brought down to the dust in retribution for its treatment of Judah.

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