My heart1 falters, fear makes me tremble;2 the twilight I longed for has become a horror3 to me.
They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink!4 Get up, you officers, oil the shields!56
This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout6 and have him report what he sees.
When he sees chariots7 with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels,8 let him be alert, fully alert."
And the lookouta9 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 chariot10 with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon11 has fallen,12 has fallen! All the images of its gods13 lie shattered14 on the ground!' "
O my people, crushed on the threshing floor,15 I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.
An oracle concerning Dumahb:16 Someone calls to me from Seir,17 "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."