God Commands That Babylon Be Taken

1 The 1oracle concerning the 2wilderness of the sea. As 3windstorms in the Negev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.
2 A 4harsh vision has been shown to me; The 5treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, 6Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.
3 For this reason * my 7loins are full of anguish; Pains have seized me like the pains of a 8woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.
4 My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been 9turned for me into trembling.
5 They 10set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"
6 For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him 11report what he sees.
8 Then the lookout called, "13O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
9 "Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs." And one said, "14Fallen, fallen is Babylon; And all the 15images of her gods are shattered on the ground."
10 O my 16threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I make known to you.

Oracles about Edom and Arabia

11 The oracle concerning 17Edom. One keeps calling to me from 18Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"
13 The oracle about 19Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of 20Dedanites.
14 Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of 21Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread.
15 For they have 22fled from the swords, From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow And from the press of battle.
16 For thus the Lord said to me, "In a 23year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of 24Kedar will terminate;
17 and the 25remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the LORD God of Israel 26has spoken."