God Commands That Babylon Be Taken1 The ▼
▼ 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 countryNegev sweep on,
It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.
2 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 groaningthe groaning she has caused.
3 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.
4 My ▼
▼ Lit heart has wanderedmind reels ▼
▼ Lit shudderinghorror overwhelms me;
The twilight I longed for has been o turned for me into trembling.
5 They p set the table, they ▼
▼ Or spread out the rugs or possibly they arranged the seatingspread out the cloth, they eat, they drink;
“Rise up, captains, oil the shields,”
6 For thus the Lord says to me, “Go, station the lookout, let him r report what he sees.
7 “When he sees s riders, horsemen in pairs,
A train of donkeys, a train of camels,
Let him pay close attention, very close attention.”
8 Then ▼
▼ So DSS; M.T. he called like a lionthe lookout called, u “O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
9 “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 earthare shattered on the ground.”
10 O my y threshed people, and my ▼
▼ Lit sonafflicted 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 Arabia11 The ▼
▼ Or burdenoracle 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 burdenoracle about ah Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you ▼
▼ Or will spendmust spend the night,
O caravans of aj Dedanites.
14 Bring water ▼
▼ Lit to meetfor 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 hirelinga 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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