Isaiah 21:5-15 NIV

5 They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink!1 Get up, you officers, oil the shields!2

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6 This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout3 and have him report what he sees.

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7 When he sees chariots4 with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels,5 let him be alert, fully alert."

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      8 And the lookouta6 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 chariot7 with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: 'Babylon8 has fallen,9 has fallen! All the images of its gods10 lie shattered11 on the ground!' "

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          10 O my people, crushed on the threshing floor,12 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:13 Someone calls to me from Seir,14 "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 oracle15 concerning Arabia:16 You caravans of Dedanites,17 who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

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              14 bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema,18 bring food for the fugitives.

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              15 They flee19 from the sword,20 from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.

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