Isaiah 21
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1The burden of the wilderness of the sea. Like windstorms in the south for passing through, || It has come from the wilderness, || From a fearful land.

2A hard vision has been declared to me, || The treacherous dealer is dealing treacherously, || And the destroyer is destroying. Go up, O Elam, besiege, O Media, || I have caused all its sighing to cease.

3Therefore my loins have been filled [with] great pain, || Pangs have seized me as pangs of a travailing woman, || I have been bent down by hearing, || I have been troubled by seeing.

4My heart has wandered, trembling has terrified me, || He has made the twilight of my desire a fear to me,

5Arrange the table, watch in the watchtower, || Eat, drink, rise, you heads, anoint the shield,

6For thus said the Lord to me: “Go, station the watchman, || Let him declare that which he sees.”

7And he has seen a chariot—a couple of horsemen, || The rider of a donkey, the rider of a camel, || And he has given attention—He has increased attention!

8And he cries, “A lion, my lord! I am continually standing on a watchtower by day, || And I am stationed on my ward whole nights.

9And behold, this, the chariot of a man is coming, || A couple of horsemen.” And he answers and says: “Fallen, fallen has Babylon, || And He has broken all the carved images of her gods to the earth.

10O my threshing, and the son of my floor, || That which I heard from YHWH of Hosts, God of Israel, || I have declared to you!”

11The burden of Dumah. [One] is calling to me from Seir, “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?”

12The watchman has said, “Morning has come, and also night, || If you inquire, inquire, return, come.”

13The burden on Arabia. You lodge in a forest in Arabia, || O caravans of Dedanim.

14Inhabitants of the land of Tema || Have brought water to meet the thirsty, || With his bread they came before a fugitive.

15For they fled from the face of destructions, || From the face of an outstretched sword, || And from the face of a trodden bow, || And from the face of the grievousness of battle.

16For thus said the Lord to me: “Within a year, as years of a hired worker, || All the glory of Kedar has been consumed. 17And the remnant of the number of bow-men, || The mighty of the sons of Kedar, are few, || For YHWH, God of Israel, has spoken!”

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