At this my body is racked with pain,1 pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;2 I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered3 by what I see.
My heart4 falters, fear makes me tremble;5 the twilight I longed for has become a horror6 to me.
They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink!7 Get up, you officers, oil the shields!86
This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout9 and have him report what he sees.
When he sees chariots10 with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels,11 let him be alert, fully alert."
And the lookouta12 shouted, "Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.
Look, here comes a man in a chariot13 with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon14 has fallen,15 has fallen! All the images of its gods16 lie shattered17 on the ground!' "
O my people, crushed on the threshing floor,18 I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.
An oracle concerning Dumahb:19 Someone calls to me from Seir,20 "Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?"
The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again."