An oracle against the desert by the sea: Like storms that pass over the Negev, it comes from the desert, from the land of terror.
References for Isaiah 21:1
A troubling vision is declared to me: "The treacherous one acts treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Advance, Elam! Lay siege, you Medes! I will put an end to all her groaning."
Therefore I am filled with anguish. Pain grips me, like the pain of a woman in labor. I am too perplexed to hear, too dismayed to see.
References for Isaiah 21:3
My heart staggers; horror terrifies me. He has turned my last glimmer of hope into sheer terror.
References for Isaiah 21:4
Prepare a table, and spread out a carpet! Eat and drink! Rise up, you princes, and oil the shields!
For the Lord has said to me, "Go, post a lookout; let him report what he sees.
When he sees riders- pairs of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels- pay close attention."
Then the lookout reported, "Lord, I stand on the watchtower all day, and I stay at my post all night.
References for Isaiah 21:8
Look, riders come- horsemen in pairs." And he answered, saying, "Babylon has fallen, has fallen. All the idols of her gods have been shattered on the ground."
My downtrodden and threshed people, I have declared to you what I have heard from the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel.
An oracle against Dumah: One calls to me from Seir, "Watchman, what is [left] of the night? Watchman, what is [left] of the night?"
References for Isaiah 21:11
The watchman said, "Morning has come, and also night. If you want to ask, ask! Come back again."
An oracle against Arabia: You will camp for the night in the scrublands of the desert, you caravans of Dedanites.
References for Isaiah 21:13
Bring water for the thirsty. The inhabitants of the land of Tema meet the refugees with food.
References for Isaiah 21:14
For they have fled from swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, from the stress of battle.
For the Lord said this to me: "Within one year, as a hired worker counts years, all the glory of Kedar will be gone.
References for Isaiah 21:16
The remaining Kedarite archers will be few in number." For the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.