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Isaiah 21 (New American Standard)

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God Commands That Babylon Be Taken

1 The a1oracle concerning the b2wilderness of the sea. As 3windstorms in the cNegev 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 dthe 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 emind reels, fhorror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been 9turned for me into trembling. 5 They 10set the table, they gspread 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. 7 "When he sees 12riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention." 8 Then hthe 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 iare shattered on the ground." 10 O my 16threshed people, and my jafflicted 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 koracle concerning l17Edom. One keeps calling to me from 18Seir, "Watchman, mhow far gone is the night? Watchman, nhow far gone is the night?" 12 The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again." 13 The ooracle about 19Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you pmust spend the night, O caravans of 20Dedanites. 14 Bring water qfor 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 ra 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."
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