Isaiah 21

A Judgment on Babylon

oracle: A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character, often against the nations
oracle b against the desert by the sea: c

Like storms that pass over the
Negev: An >arid region in the southern part of Israel; the Hebrew word means "south".
it comes from the desert, from the land of terror.
2 A troubling vision is declared to me:
“The treacherous one acts treacherously, e
and the destroyer destroys.
Advance, Elam! Lay siege, you Medes!
I will put an end to all her groaning.”

3 Therefore I am
Lit Therefore my loins are
filled with anguish.
Pain grips me, like the pain of a woman in labor. g
I am too perplexed to hear,
too dismayed to see.
4 My heart staggers;
horror terrifies me.
He has turned my last glimmer of hope
Lit my twilight

into sheer terror. i
5 Prepare a table, j and spread out a carpet!
Eat and drink!
Rise up, you princes, and oil the shields!

6 For the Lord has said to me,
“Go, post a lookout;
let him report what he sees.
7 When he sees riders
pairs of horsemen,
riders on donkeys,
riders on camels
he must pay close attention.”
8 Then the lookout
DSS, Syr; MT reads Then a lion
“Lord, I stand on the watchtower all day, l
and I stay at my post all night.
9 Look, riders come
horsemen in pairs.”
And he answered, saying,
“Babylon has fallen, m has fallen.
All the images of her gods
have been shattered on the ground.” n

10 My people who have been crushed
on the threshing floor, o
I have declared to you
what I have heard from the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
the God of Israel.

An Oracle against Dumah

11 An oracle q against Dumah:
Some Hb mss, LXX read Edom

One calls to me from Seir, t
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”
12 The watchman said,
“Morning has come, and also night.
If you want to ask, ask!
Come back again.”

An Oracle against Arabia

13 An oracle against Arabia: u

In the desert
LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read desert at evening
you will camp for the night,
you caravans of Dedanites. w
14 Bring water for the thirsty.
The inhabitants of the land of Tema x
LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read meet as a command
the refugees with food.
15 For they have fled from swords,
from the drawn sword,
from the bow that is strung,
and from the stress of battle.

16 For the Lord said this to me: “Within one year, z as a hired worker counts years, all the glory of Kedar aa will be gone. 17The remaining Kedarite archers will be few in number.” For the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.
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