Isaiah 18 (New American Standard)

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Message to Ethiopia

1 Alas, oh land of whirring wings Which lies beyond the rivers of a1Cush, 2 Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in 2papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation b3tall and smooth, To a people 4feared cfar and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation Whose land the rivers divide. 3 5All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth, As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains, 6you will see it, And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it. 4 For thus the LORD has told me, "I will look dfrom My 7dwelling place quietly Like dazzling heat in the e8sunshine, Like a cloud of 9dew in the heat of harvest." 5 For 10before the harvest, as soon as the bud fblossoms And the flower becomes a ripening grape, Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives And remove and cut away the spreading branches. 6 They will be left together for mountain birds 11of prey, And for the beasts of the earth ; And the birds of prey will spend the summer feeding on them, And all the beasts of the earth will spend harvest time on them. 7 At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts gFrom a 12people htall and smooth, Even from a people feared ifar and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation, Whose land the rivers divide - To the 13place of the name of the LORD of hosts, even Mount Zion.
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