Isaiah 21 – New International Version (NIV)
A Prophecy Against Babylon
- A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror.
- A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
- At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
- My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.
- They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!
- This is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.
- When he sees chariots with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him be alert, fully alert.”
- And the lookout[a] shouted, “Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.
- Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!’”
- My people who are crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the Lord Almighty, from the God of Israel.
A Prophecy Against Edom
- A prophecy against Dumah[b]: Someone calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?”
- The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.”
A Prophecy Against Arabia
- A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
- bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
- They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
- This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.
- The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.
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Isaiah 21 – King James Version (KJV)
- The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
- A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
- Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.
- My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.
- Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.
- For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
- And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
- and he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:
- and, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
- O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.
- The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
- The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.
- The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.
- The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.
- For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.
- For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:
- and the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.