Isaiah 18

Message to Ethiopia

1Alas, oh land of whirring wings
Which lies beyond the rivers of
Or Ethiopia
,
b  Cush,
2Which sends envoys by the sea,
Even in c  papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters.
Go, swift messengers, to a nation
Lit drawn out
,
e  tall and smooth,
To a people f  feared
Lit from it and beyond
far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation
Whose land the rivers divide.
3 h  All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth,
As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains i  you will see it,
And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it.

4For thus the  Lord has told me, I will look
Lit in
from My k  dwelling place quietly
Like dazzling heat in the
Lit light
,
m  sunshine,
Like a cloud of n  dew in the heat of harvest.”
5For o  before the harvest, as soon as the bud
Lit is finished
blossoms
And the flower becomes a ripening grape,
Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives
And remove and cut away the spreading branches.
6They will be left together for mountain birds q  of prey,
And for the beasts of the earth;
And the birds of prey will spend the summer feeding on them,
And all the beasts of the earth will spend harvest time on them.
7At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the  Lord of hosts
So with some ancient versions and DSS; M.T. implies Consisting of a people
From a s  people
Lit drawn out
tall and smooth,
Even from a people feared
Lit from it and beyond
far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation,
Whose land the rivers divide
To the v  place of the name of the  Lord of hosts, even Mount Zion.

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