Isaiah 21:1-10 NAS

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.

References for Isaiah 21:1

    • a 21:1 - Or "burden of"
    • b 21:1 - Or "sandy wastes, sea country"
    • c 21:1 - I.e. South country
      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.

      References for Isaiah 21:2

        • d 21:2 - Lit "her groaning"
          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.

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          4 My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been 9turned for me into trembling.

          References for Isaiah 21:4

            • e 21:4 - Lit "heart has wandered"
            • f 21:4 - Lit "shuddering"
              5 They 10set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"

              References for Isaiah 21:5

                • g 21:5 - Or "spread out the rugs" or possibly "they arranged the seating"
                  6 For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him 11report what he sees.

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                  7 "When he sees 12riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention."

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                  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.

                  References for Isaiah 21:8

                    • h 21:8 - So DSS; M.T. "he called" like "a lion"
                      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."

                      References for Isaiah 21:9

                        • i 21:9 - Lit "he has shattered to the earth"
                          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.

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