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Isaiah 21:2-9 (New International Version)

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2 A dire1 vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays,2 the looter takes loot. Elam,3 attack! Media,4 lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused. 3 At this my body is racked with pain,5 pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;6 I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered7 by what I see. 4 My heart8 falters, fear makes me tremble;9 the twilight I longed for has become a horror10 to me. 5 They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink!11 Get up, you officers, oil the shields!12 6 This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout13 and have him report what he sees. 7 When he sees chariots14 with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels,15 let him be alert, fully alert." 8 And the lookouta16 shouted, "Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post. 9 Look, here comes a man in a chariot17 with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon18 has fallen,19 has fallen! All the images of its gods20 lie shattered21 on the ground!' "
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