Isaiah 18

An Oracle Concerning Cush

1 Ah, land of a  whirring wings
that is beyond the rivers of b  Cush,
Probably Nubia

2which d  sends ambassadors by the sea,
in vessels of papyrus on the waters!
Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation e  tall and smooth,
to a people feared near and far,
a nation f  mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide.
3 All you inhabitants of the world,
you who dwell on the earth,
when g  a signal is raised on the mountains, look!
When a trumpet is blown, hear!
4For thus the  Lord said to me:
“I will quietly look h  from my dwelling
like clear heat in sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
5 i  For before the harvest, when the blossom is over,
and the flower becomes a ripening grape,
he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks,
and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away.
6 j  They shall all of them be left
to the birds of prey of the mountains
and to the beasts of the earth.
And the birds of prey will summer on them,
and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.

7 k  At that time tribute will be brought to the  Lord of hosts

from a people l  tall and smooth,
from a people feared near and far,
a nation mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide,

to m  Mount Zion, the place of the n  name of the  Lord of hosts.

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