Message to Ethiopia

1 Alas, oh land of whirring wings Which lies beyond * the rivers of 1Cush,
2 Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in 2papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation 3tall and smooth, To a people 4feared far * 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 from My 7dwelling place quietly Like dazzling heat in the 8sunshine, Like a cloud of 9dew in the heat of harvest."
5 For 10before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms 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 From a 12people tall and smooth, Even from a people feared far * 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.