Isaiah 21 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 A prophecy about the coastal desert: Like whirlwinds sweeping over the Negev, it comes from the desert, from a fearsome land. 2 A dire vision has been shown to me: the betrayer betrays, and the spoiler spoils. 'Eilam, advance! Madai, lay siege! I will end all groaning. 3 This is why my insides are racked with pain; I am seized by pangs, like a woman in labor; wrenched by what I hear, aghast at what I see. 4 My mind reels, shuddering assails me. The twilight I longed for terrifies me. 5 They set the table, light the lamps, eat and drink - "Get going, princes! Oil the shields!" 6 For this is what Adonai said to me: "Go, post a watchman to report what he sees! 7 If he sees the cavalry, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, he must be on alert, on full alert!" 8 He calls out like a lion: "My lord, I stand on the watchtower all day long, I stay at my post all night." 9 Then, as they appeared - the cavalry, horsemen in pairs - he spoke these words: "She has fallen! She has fallen - Bavel! All the carved images of her gods lie shattered on the ground." 10 My people, who have been threshed, grain trodden down on my threshing-floor: I am telling you what I have heard from ADONAI-Tzva'ot, the God of Isra'el. 11 A prophecy about Dumah: Someone is calling to me from Se'ir: "Watchman, how much longer is it night? Watchman, how much longer is it night?" 12 The watchman answers: "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you want to ask, ask! Come back again!" 13 A prophecy about Arabia: You caravans of D'danim will camp in the desert growth of Arabia. 14 Bring water to the thirsty, you who live in Teima, greet the fugitives with food; 15 because they are fleeing the sword, the drawn sword, the bent bow and the press of battle. 16 For this is what Adonai has told me: "Within a year [and not a day more], as if a hired worker were keeping track of the time, the glory of Kedar will come to an end. 17 Few of Kedar's valiant archers will be left. " ADONAI the God of Isra'el has spoken.
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