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Isaiah 21 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:1 - The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea.
As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on,
it comes from the wilderness,
from a terrible land.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:2 - A stern vision is told to me;
the traitor betrays,
and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, O Elam;
lay siege, O Media;
all the sighing she has caused
I bring to an end.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:3 - Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;
pangs have seized me,
like the pangs of a woman in labor;
I am bowed down so that I cannot hear;
I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:4 - My heart staggers; horror has appalled me;
the twilight I longed for
has been turned for me into trembling.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:5 - They prepare the table,
they spread the rugs,[fn]
they eat, they drink.
Arise, O princes;
oil the shield!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:6 - For thus the Lord said to me:
“Go, set a watchman;
let him announce what he sees.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:7 - When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,
riders on donkeys, riders on camels,
let him listen diligently,
very diligently.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:8 - Then he who saw cried out:[fn]
“Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,
continually by day,
and at my post I am stationed
whole nights.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:9 - And behold, here come riders,
horsemen in pairs!”
And he answered,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
and all the carved images of her gods
he has shattered to the ground.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:10 - O my threshed and winnowed one,
what I have heard from the LORD of hosts,
the God of Israel, I announce to you.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:11 - The oracle concerning Dumah.
One is calling to me from Seir,
“Watchman, what time of the night?
Watchman, what time of the night?”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:12 - The watchman says:
“Morning comes, and also the night.
If you will inquire, inquire;
come back again.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:13 - The oracle concerning Arabia.
In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge,
O caravans of Dedanites.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:14 - To the thirsty bring water;
meet the fugitive with bread,
O inhabitants of the land of Tema.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:15 - For they have fled from the swords,
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow,
and from the press of battle.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:16 - For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:17 - And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of Kedar will be few, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.”
ESV Footnotes
Or they set the watchman
Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac; Masoretic Text Then a lion cried out, or Then he cried out like a lion

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