Isaiah 21:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon

1 The 1oracle concerning the wilderness of 2the sea. 3As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on, it comes from the wilderness, from a terrible land. 2 A stern vision is told to me; 4the traitor betrays, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O 5Elam; lay siege, O 6Media; all the 7sighing she has caused I bring to an end. 3 Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; 8pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see. 4 My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; 9the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling. 5 10They prepare the table, they spread the rugs,a they eat, they drink. Arise, O princes; 11oil the shield! 6 For thus the Lord said to me: "Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees. 7 When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently." 8 Then he who saw cried out:b 12"Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights. 9 And behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!" 13And he answered, 14"Fallen, fallen is Babylon; 15and all the carved images of her gods he has shattered to the ground." 10 O 16my threshed and winnowed one, what I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I announce to you.
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