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Isaiah 18:2-7 (New International Version)

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2 which sends envoys1 by sea in papyrus2 boats over the water. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned,3 to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive4 nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.5 3 All you people of the world,6 you who live on the earth, when a banner7 is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet8 sounds, you will hear it. 4 This is what the LORD says to me: "I will remain quiet9 and will look on from my dwelling place,10 like shimmering heat in the sunshine,11 like a cloud of dew12 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 off13 the shoots with pruning knives, and cut down and take away the spreading branches.14 6 They will all be left to the mountain birds of prey15 and to the wild animals;16 the birds will feed on them all summer, the wild animals all winter. 7 At that time gifts17 will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned,18 from a people feared19 far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers20-- the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the LORD Almighty.21
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