The words used in the Hebrew thus rendered in the A.V. are very expressive. The ruin of a city by dilapidation, separating all its stones: Isa 25:2, "Thou hast made of a fenced city a ruin" (or separation, מִפֵּלָה; so of a country, Isa 23:13; מִפָּלָה, Isa 17:1; מִפֶּלֶתEze 13:13; Eze 27:27). Ruin of strongholds by breaking them up: Ps 89:40, "Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin" (i.e. to a breaking, מִחתָּה). This word elsewhere means terror, and expresses the alarm attendant on the taking of a fortified place. Demolished structures: Eze 36:35-36 (the root is הָרִס, to tear down, as in Am 9:11; like κατασκάπτω, Ac 15:16; but in Lu 6:49, it is ῥῆγμα, a tearing).
Figuratively, ruin, a fall, or stumbling, from some cause of, or temptation to, sin: 2Ch 28:23, "They [the gods of Damascus] were the ruin (מִכַשֵׁלָה, a stumbling-block) of him [Ahaz] and of all Israel;" so מַכַשׁוֹל, Eze 18:30; Eze 21:15. Ruin, destruction: Pr 24:22, "Their calamity shall rise suddenly; who knoweth the ruin (פַּיד, destruction) of them both?" Ruin, a cause for repentance: 26:28, "A flattering mouth worketh ruin" (מַדחֶה, contrition or repentance).