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.
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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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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