Isaiah 21

God Commands That Babylon Be Taken

1The
Or burden of
,
b  oracle concerning the
Or sandy wastes, sea country
,
d  wilderness of the sea. As e  windstorms in the
I.e. South country
Negev sweep on,
It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.
2A g  harsh vision has been shown to me;
The h  treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys.
Go up, i  Elam, lay siege, Media;
I have made an end of all
Lit her groaning
the groaning she has caused.
3For this reason my k  loins are full of anguish;
Pains have seized me like the pains of a l  woman in labor.
I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.
4My
Lit heart has wandered
mind reels
Lit shuddering
horror overwhelms me;
The twilight I longed for has been o  turned for me into trembling.
5They p  set the table, they
Or spread out the rugs or possibly they arranged the seating
spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink;
Rise up, captains, oil the shields,”

6For thus the Lord says to me, Go, station the lookout, let him r  report what he sees.
7When he sees s  riders, horsemen in pairs,
A train of donkeys, a train of camels,
Let him pay close attention, very close attention.”

8Then
So DSS; M.T. he called like a lion
the lookout called, u  O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
9Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs.”
And one said v  Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
And all the w  images of her gods
Lit he has shattered to the earth
are shattered on the ground.”
10O my y  threshed people, and my
Lit son
afflicted of the threshing floor!
What I have heard from the  Lord of hosts,
The God of Israel, I make known to you.

Oracles about Edom and Arabia

11The
Or burden
oracle concerning
So the Gr; Heb Dumah, silence
,
ac  Edom. One keeps calling to me from ad  Seir,
Watchman,
Lit what is the time of the night?
how far gone is the night?
Watchman,
Lit what is the time of the night?
how far gone is the night?”
12The watchman says,
Morning comes but also night.
If you would inquire, inquire;
Come back again.”

13The
Or burden
oracle about ah  Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you
Or will spend
must spend the night,
O caravans of aj  Dedanites.
14Bring water
Lit to meet
for the thirsty,
O inhabitants of the land of al  Tema,
Meet the fugitive with bread.
15For they have am  fled from the swords,
From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow
And from the press of battle.

16For thus the Lord said to me, “In a an  year, as
Lit the years of a hireling
a hired man would count it, all the splendor of ap  Kedar will terminate;
17and the aq  remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the  Lord God of Israel ar  has spoken.”
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