Isaiah 21:2-12 NIV

2 A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

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3 At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.

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4 My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.

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5 They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!

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6 This is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.

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7 When he sees chariots with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him be alert, fully alert.”

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      8 And the lookouta shouted, “Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.

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        •  21:8 - Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text "A lion"
          9 Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!’ ”

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          10 My people who are crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.

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          A Prophecy Against Edom

          11 A prophecy against Dumahb : Someone calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?”

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            •  21:11 - "Dumah" , a wordplay on "Edom" , means "silence" or "stillness."
              12 The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.”