|Is 18:1 Woe (judgment is coming) to the land of whirring wings
Which is beyond the rivers of Cush (Ethiopia),
|Is 18:2 Which sends ambassadors by the sea,
Even in vessels of papyrus on the surface of the waters.
Go, swift messengers, to a nation [of people] tall and smooth (clean shaven),
To a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation
Whose land the rivers divide.
|Is 18:3 All you inhabitants of the world, you who dwell on the earth,
When a banner is raised on the mountains, you will see it!
When a trumpet is blown, you will hear it!
|Is 18:4 For this is what the LORD has said to me,
"I will be quiet and I will look on from My dwelling place,
Like shimmering heat above the sunshine,
Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
|Is 18:5 For before the harvest, when the blossom is over
And the flower becomes a ripening grape,
He will cut off the sprigs [without buds] with pruning knives,
And [He will] remove and cut away the spreading branches.
|Is 18:6 They (warriors) will be left together for the mountain birds of prey,
And for the beasts of the earth;
And the birds of prey will [spend the] summer feeding on them,
And all the beasts of the earth will spend harvest time on them.
|Is 18:7 At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts
From a people tall and smooth (clean shaven),
From a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation,
Whose land the rivers divide--
To the place [of worship] of the name of the LORD of hosts, to Mount Zion [in Jerusalem]. [Deut 12:5; 2 Chr 32:23; Is 16:1; 45:14; Zeph 3:10]