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Isaiah 18 (New International Version)

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A Prophecy Against Cush

1 Woe1 to the land of whirring wingsa along the rivers of Cush,b2 2 which sends envoys3 by sea in papyrus4 boats over the water. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned,5 to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive6 nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.7 3 All you people of the world,8 you who live on the earth, when a banner9 is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet10 sounds, you will hear it. 4 This is what the LORD says to me: "I will remain quiet11 and will look on from my dwelling place,12 like shimmering heat in the sunshine,13 like a cloud of dew14 in the heat of harvest." 5 For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off15 the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches.16 6 They will all be left to the mountain birds of prey17 and to the wild animals;18 the birds will feed on them all summer, the wild animals all winter. 7 At that time gifts19 will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned,20 from a people feared21 far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers22-- the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the LORD Almighty.23
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