Hab 2:10-11 You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life. For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond.
Although Babylon would soon carry out God’s justice against Judah’s iniquity, Babylon itself would eventually face its own judgment for its action. Babylonian conquests were as brutal as those of Assyria. Violence for its own sake is shameful and the Babylonians did “cut off” many people. Nebuchadnezzar died in 563 BC. His son Nabonidus was king until Babylon fell to Persia (539 BC). Nabonidus’ son, Balshazzar, reigned in Babylon when his father traveled, which he often did. It was Balshazzar who is mentioned by Daniel as the king who was slain by Cyrus of Persia immediately after the handwriting appeared on Balshazzar’s wall. At that point the Babylonian kingdom came to an abrupt end and the city of Babylon itself began deteriorating until, after a few centuries, it virtually disappeared from the earth completely. Upon entering Jerusalem a few centuries later Jesus would rebuke a Pharisee for complaining about his disciples’ rejoicing over him by saying that if the disciples were quiet the stones would cry out (Lk 19:40). One might think Hab 2:10-11 was directed at the Pharisees instead of Babylon, though it may be better viewed as the consistency of God’s view toward those who cut off others as the Pharisees cut off our Lord.