And the lookouta1 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 chariot2 with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon3 has fallen,4 has fallen! All the images of its gods5 lie shattered6 on the ground!' "
O my people, crushed on the threshing floor,7 I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.
An oracle concerning Dumahb:8 Someone calls to me from Seir,9 "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."
An oracle10 concerning Arabia:11 You caravans of Dedanites,12 who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema,13 bring food for the fugitives.
They flee14 from the sword,15 from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
This is what the Lord says to me: "Within one year, as a servant bound by contract16 would count it, all the pomp17 of Kedar18 will come to an end.
The survivors of the bowmen, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.19" The LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.20