Isaiah 21:5
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New International Version
They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!

King James Bible
Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

Darby Bible Translation
Prepare the table, appoint the watch; eat, drink: arise, ye princes, anoint the shield.

World English Bible
They prepare the table. They set the watch. They eat. They drink. Rise up, you princes, oil the shield!

Young's Literal Translation
Arrange the table, watch in the watch-tower, Eat, drink, rise, ye heads, anoint the shield,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Prepare the table "The table is prepared" - In Hebrew the verbs are in the infinitive mood absolute, as in Ezekiel 1:14 : "And the animals ran and returned, רצוא ושוב ratso veshob, like the appearance of the lightning;" just as the Latins say, currere et reverti, for currebant et revertebantur. See Isaiah 33:11 (note), and the note there.

Arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield - Kimchi observes that several of the rabbins understood this of Belshazzar's impious feast and death. The king of a people is termed the shield, because he is their defense. The command, Anoint the shield, is the same with Anoint a new king. Belshazzar being now suddenly slain, while they were all eating and drinking, he advises the princes, whose business it was, to make speed and anoint another in his stead.

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Isaiah 22:13,14 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink...

Daniel 5:1-5 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand...

1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantages it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink...


Isaiah 13:2,17,18 Lift you up a banner on the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles...

Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him...

Jeremiah 51:11,27,28 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes...

The Morning Breaketh
TEXT: "Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night."--Isaiah 21:11-12. It is very interesting to note that, whether we study the Old Testament or the New, nights are always associated with God's mornings. In other words, he does not leave us in despair without sending to us his messengers of hope and cheer. The Prophet Isaiah in this particular part of his prophecy seems to be almost broken-hearted because of the sin of the people. As one of the Scotch
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

CHAPTERS I-XXXIX Isaiah is the most regal of the prophets. His words and thoughts are those of a man whose eyes had seen the King, vi. 5. The times in which he lived were big with political problems, which he met as a statesman who saw the large meaning of events, and as a prophet who read a divine purpose in history. Unlike his younger contemporary Micah, he was, in all probability, an aristocrat; and during his long ministry (740-701 B.C., possibly, but not probably later) he bore testimony, as
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Samuel 1:21
"Mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields. For there the shield of the mighty was despised, the shield of Saul--no longer rubbed with oil.

Jeremiah 46:3
"Prepare your shields, both large and small, and march out for battle!

Jeremiah 51:39
But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laughter-- then sleep forever and not awake," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 51:57
I will make her officials and wise men drunk, her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep forever and not awake," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.

Daniel 5:1
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them.

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