Isaiah - Chapter 21




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1 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.

1 The word about the waste land. As storm-winds in the South go rushing through, it comes from the waste land, from the land greatly to be feared.

2 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.

2 A vision of fear comes before my eyes; the worker of deceit goes on in his false way, and the waster goes on making waste. Up! Elam; to the attack! Media; I have put an end to her sorrow.

3 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.

3 For this cause I am full of bitter grief; pains like the pains of a woman in childbirth have come on me: I am bent down with sorrow at what comes to my ears; I am shocked by what I see.

4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

4 My mind is wandering, fear has overcome me: the evening of my desire has been turned into shaking for me.

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

5 They make ready the table, they put down the covers, they take food and drink. Up! you captains; put oil on your breastplates.

6 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

6 For so has the Lord said to me, Go, let a watchman be placed; let him give word of what he sees:

7 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:

7 And when he sees war-carriages, horsemen by twos, war-carriages with asses, war-carriages with camels, let him give special attention.

8 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:

8 And the watchman gave a loud cry, O my lord, I am on the watchtower all day, and am placed in my watch every night:

9 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.

9 See, here come war-carriages with men, horsemen by twos: and in answer he said, Babylon is made low, is made low, and all her images are broken on the earth.

10 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.

10 O my crushed ones, the grain of my floor! I have given you the word which came to me from the Lord of armies, the God of Israel.

11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

11 The word about Edom. A voice comes to me from Seir, Watchman, how far gone is the night? how far gone is the night?

12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

12 The watchman says, The morning has come, but night is still to come: if you have questions to put, put them, and come back again.

13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

13 The word about Arabia. In the thick woods of Arabia will be your night's resting-place, O travelling bands of Dedanites!

14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

14 Give water to him who is in need of water; give bread, O men of the land of Tema, to those in flight.

15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

15 For they are in flight from the sharp sword, and the bent bow, and from the trouble of war.

16 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:

16 For so has the Lord said to me, In a year, by the years of a servant working for payment, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end:

17 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.

17 And the rest of the bowmen, the men of war of the children of Kedar, will be small in number: for the Lord, the God of Israel, has said it.




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