The a1oracle concerning the b2wilderness of the sea. As 3windstorms in the cNegevsweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifyingland.
A 4harshvision has been shown to me; The 5treacherous one still dealstreacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, 6Elam, laysiege, Media ; I have made an end of alldthe groaning she has caused.
For thisreason my 7loins are full of anguish ; Pains have seized me like the pains of a 8woman in labor. I am sobewildered I cannothear, soterrified I cannotsee.
My emindreels, fhorroroverwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been 9turned for me into trembling.
They 10set the table, they gspread out the cloth, they eat, they drink ; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"
For thus the Lordsays to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him 11reportwhat he sees.
"When he sees12riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him paycloseattention, verycloseattention."
Then hthe lookoutcalled, "13O Lord, I standcontinually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationedeverynight at my guardpost.
"Now behold, herecomes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs." And one said, "14Fallen, fallen is Babylon ; And all the 15images of her godsiare shattered on the ground."
O my 16threshed people, and my jafflicted of the threshingfloor ! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I makeknown to you.