Isaiah 21:13

A Prophecy Against Arabia

13 A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

Isaiah 21:13 in Other Translations

13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.
13 The oracle concerning Arabia. In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge, O caravans of Dedanites.
13 This message came to me concerning Arabia: O caravans from Dedan, hide in the deserts of Arabia.
13 A Message concerning Arabia: You'll have to camp out in the desert badlands, you caravans of Dedanites.
13 An oracle against Arabia: You will camp for the night in the scrublands of the desert, you caravans of Dedanites.

Isaiah 21:13 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 21:13

The burden upon Arabia
Which lay heavy upon it, as a burden upon a beast; or "concerning" it, or "against" it, as Kimchi notes; which Arabia, or what part thereof, is meant, may be gathered from the names after mentioned. The Targum is,

``the burden of the cup of cursing, to give the Arabians to drink.''
Ben Melech says, these are the Arabians that dwell in the wilderness: in the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge;
not in their tents and huts, which they had used to carry with them, and set up where they pleased; since now in their fright and flight they would leave them behind them, and so be obliged to take up their lodging in woods and forests; perhaps the desert of Arabia Petraea is meant: O ye travelling companies of Dedanim;
or Dedanites; these were Arabians that descended from Jokshan, a son of Abraham by Keturah, ( Genesis 25:3 ) who were either shepherds, who went in companies together with their flocks, and moved from place to place for the sake of pasture; or rather were merchants, who went in caravans and troops with their merchandise from one country to another; see ( Ezekiel 27:15 Ezekiel 27:20 ) and who, because of the ravages of the enemy, would be glad of a lodging in the woods for security.

Isaiah 21:13 In-Context

11 A prophecy against Dumah : Someone calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?”
12 The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.”
13 A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
14 bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
15 They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Isaiah 13:1
  • 2. S 2 Chronicles 9:14
  • 3. S Genesis 10:7; S Genesis 25:3
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