Isaiah 21:6
New International Version
This is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, the Lord said to me, “Put a watchman on the city wall. Let him shout out what he sees.

English Standard Version
For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.

Berean Study Bible
For this is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.

King James Bible
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

New King James Version
For thus has the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman, Let him declare what he sees.”

New American Standard Bible
For this is what the Lord says to me: “Go, station the lookout, have him report what he sees.

NASB 1995
For thus the Lord says to me, “Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

NASB 1977
For thus the Lord says to me, “Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

Amplified Bible
This is what the Lord says to me, “Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

Christian Standard Bible
For the Lord has said to me, “Go, post a lookout; let him report what he sees.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Lord has said to me,” Go, post a lookout; let him report what he sees.

American Standard Version
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman: let him declare what he seeth:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because thus LORD JEHOVAH said to me: "Go set a Watchman, so that anything that he sees he will show"

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For thus said the Lord to me, Go and station a watchman for thyself, and declare whatever thou shalt see.

Contemporary English Version
The Lord said to me, "Send guards to find out what's going on.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus hath the Lord said to me: Go, and set a watchman: and whatsoever he shall see, let him tell.

English Revised Version
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman; let him declare what he seeth:

Good News Translation
Then the Lord said to me, "Go and post a sentry, and tell him to report what he sees.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the Lord says to me: Post a watchman. Have him report whatever he sees.

International Standard Version
For this is what the LORD told me: "Go post a lookout. Have him report what he sees.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Go, set a watchman; let him declare what he seeth!

Literal Standard Version
For thus said the Lord to me: “Go, station the watchman, Let him declare that which he sees.”

NET Bible
For this is what the sovereign master has told me: "Go, post a guard! He must report what he sees.

New Heart English Bible
For the Lord said to me, "Go, set a watchman. Let him declare what he sees.

World English Bible
For the Lord said to me, "Go, set a watchman. Let him declare what he sees.

Young's Literal Translation
For thus said the Lord unto me: 'Go, station the watchman, That which he seeth let him declare.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Babylon is Fallen
5They prepare a table, they lay out a carpet, they eat, they drink! Rise up, O princes, oil the shields! 6For this is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees. 7When he sees chariots with teams of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, he must be alert, fully alert.”…

Cross References
2 Kings 9:17
Now the watchman standing on the tower in Jezreel saw Jehu's troops approaching, and he called out, "I see a company of troops!" "Choose a rider," Joram commanded. "Send him out to meet them and ask, 'Have you come in peace?'"

Song of Solomon 3:3
I encountered the watchmen on their rounds of the city: "Have you seen the one I love?"


Treasury of Scripture

For thus has the LORD said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.

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Isaiah 62:6
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

2 Kings 9:17-20
And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace? …

Jeremiah 51:12,13
Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon…









(6) Go, set a watchman . . .--The prophet is, as it were, placed in vision on a lofty watch-tower, and reports what meets his gaze, or that of the watchman with whom he identifies himself (Ezekiel 33:7). (Comp. the striking parallel of Habakkuk 2:1-2.)

Verse 6. - Go, set a watchman. The event is not to be immediate, it is to be watched for; and Isaiah is not to watch himself, but to set the watchman. Moreover, the watchman waits long before he sees anything (ver. 8). These unusual features of the narrative seem to mark a remote, not a near, accomplishment of the prophecy.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

this [is what]
כֹ֥ה (ḵōh)
Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֑י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

says
אָמַ֛ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to me:
אֵלַ֖י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

“Go,
לֵ֚ךְ (lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

post
הַעֲמֵ֣ד (ha·‘ă·mêḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

a lookout
הַֽמְצַפֶּ֔ה (ham·ṣap·peh)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6822: To lean forward, to peer into the distance, to observe, await

to report
יַגִּֽיד׃ (yag·gîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

what
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

he sees.
יִרְאֶ֖ה (yir·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see


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