The burden of the desert of the sea. a As whirlwinds in the south b pass through, so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
A grievous vision is declared unto me: the treacherous dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, Elam! c besiege, Media! d All the sighing thereof e have I made to cease.
Therefore are my loins filled with pain; anguish hath taken hold upon me, as the anguish of a woman in travail: I am bowed down so as not to hear, I am dismayed so as not to see. f4
My heart panteth, g horror affrighteth me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into trembling unto me.
Prepare the table, appoint the watch; eat, drink: arise, ye princes, anoint the shield.
For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
And he saw chariots, h horsemen by pairs, a chariot with asses, a chariot with i camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed.
And he cried [as] a lion, Lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights.
-- And behold, there cometh a chariot of men; horsemen by pairs. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
O my threshing, and the corn j of my floor! What I have heard of Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.