Isaiah 21:3-13 NIV

3 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.

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4 My heart4 falters, fear makes me tremble;5 the twilight I longed for has become a horror6 to me.

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5 They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink!7 Get up, you officers, oil the shields!8

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6 This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout9 and have him report what he sees.

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7 When he sees chariots10 with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels,11 let him be alert, fully alert."

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      8 And the lookouta12 shouted, "Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.

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        • a 21:8 - Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text "A lion"
          9 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!' "

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          10 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.

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          A Prophecy Against Edom

          11 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?"

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

              A Prophecy Against Arabia

              13 An oracle21 concerning Arabia:22 You caravans of Dedanites,23 who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

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