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Isaiah 21:1-10 (New American Standard)

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God Commands That Babylon Be Taken

1 The a1oracle concerning the b2wilderness of the sea. As 3windstorms in the cNegev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land. 2 A 4harsh vision has been shown to me; The 5treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, 6Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all dthe groaning she has caused. 3 For this reason my 7loins are full of anguish; Pains have seized me like the pains of a 8woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see. 4 My emind reels, fhorror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been 9turned for me into trembling. 5 They 10set the table, they gspread 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 11report what he sees. 7 "When he sees 12riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention." 8 Then hthe lookout called, "13O 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, "14Fallen, fallen is Babylon; And all the 15images of her gods iare shattered on the ground." 10 O my 16threshed people, and my jafflicted of the threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I make known to you.
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