Isaiah 21 ESV

Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon

1 The 1oracle concerning the wilderness of 2the sea. 3As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on, it comes from the wilderness, from a terrible land.

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2 A stern vision is told to me; 4the traitor betrays, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O 5Elam; lay siege, O 6Media; all the 7sighing she has caused I bring to an end.

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3 Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; 8pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

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4 My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; 9the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

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5 10They prepare the table, they spread the rugs,a they eat, they drink. Arise, O princes; 11oil the shield!

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    • 21:5 - Or they set the watchman
      6 For thus the Lord said to me: "Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.
      7 When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently."
      8 Then he who saw cried out:b 12"Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights.

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        • · 21:8 - Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac; Masoretic Text Then a lion cried out, or Then he cried out like a lion
          9 And behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!" 13And he answered, 14"Fallen, fallen is Babylon; 15and all the carved images of her gods he has shattered to the ground."

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          10 O 16my threshed and winnowed one, what I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I announce to you.

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          11 The 17oracle concerning 18Dumah. One is calling to me from 19Seir, "Watchman, what time of the night? Watchman, what time of the night?"

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          12 The watchman says: "Morning comes, and also 20the night. If you will inquire, 21inquire; come back again."

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          13 The 22oracle concerning 23Arabia. In the thickets in 24Arabia you will lodge, O 25caravans of 26Dedanites.

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          14 To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of 27Tema.

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          15 For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the press of battle.
          16 For thus the Lord said to me, "Within a year, 28according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of 29Kedar will come to an end.

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          17 And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of 30Kedar will be few, 31for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken."

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