Isaiah 21

God Commands That Babylon Be Taken

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.
A 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.
For 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.
Lit heart has wandered
mind reels
Lit shuddering
horror overwhelms me;
The twilight I longed for has been o turned for me into trembling.
They 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,”

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

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.
Now 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.”
10 O 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

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

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

16 For 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;
17 and 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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