|Is 21:1 The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea.
As windstorms in the Negev sweep on,
It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.
|Is 21:2 A harsh vision has been shown to me;
The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys.
Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media;
I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.
|Is 21:3 For this reason my loins are full of anguish;
Pains have seized me like the pains of a woman in labor.
I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.
|Is 21:4 My mind reels, horror overwhelms me;
The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.
|Is 21:5 They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink;
"Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"
|Is 21:6 For thus the Lord says to me,
"Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.
|Is 21:7 "When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,
A train of donkeys, a train of camels,
Let him pay close attention, very close attention."
|Is 21:8 Then the lookout called,
"O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
|Is 21:9 "Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs."
And one said, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
And all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground."
|Is 21:10 O my threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor!
What I have heard from the LORD of hosts,
The God of Israel, I make known to you.
|Is 21:11 ¶ The oracle concerning Edom.
One keeps calling to me from Seir,
"Watchman, how far gone is the night?
Watchman, how far gone is the night?"
|Is 21:12 The watchman says,
"Morning comes but also night.
If you would inquire, inquire;
Come back again."
|Is 21:13 ¶ The oracle about Arabia.
In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night,
O caravans of Dedanites.
|Is 21:14 Bring water for the thirsty,
O inhabitants of the land of Tema,
Meet the fugitive with bread.
|Is 21:15 For they have fled from the swords,
From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow
And from the press of battle.
|Is 21:16 ¶ For thus the Lord said to me, "In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate;|
|Is 21:17 and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the LORD God of Israel has spoken."|