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Isaiah 18 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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A Message to Ethiopia

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Alas, O land of whirring wings

Which lies beyond the rivers of [fn]Ethiopia,

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Which sends envoys by the sea,

Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters.

Go, swift messengers, to a nation [fn]tall and smooth,

To a people feared [fn]far and wide,

A powerful and oppressive nation

Whose land the rivers divide.

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All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth,

As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains, you will see it,

And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear it.

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For thus Yahweh has told me,

“I will look [fn]from My dwelling place quietly

Like dazzling heat in the [fn]sunshine,

Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

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For before the harvest, as soon as the bud [fn]blossoms

And the flower becomes a ripening grape,

Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives

And remove and cut away the spreading branches.

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They will be left together for 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.

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At that time a gift of homage will be brought to Yahweh of hosts

[fn]From a people [fn]tall and smooth,

Even from a people feared [fn]far and wide,

A powerful and oppressive nation,

Whose land the rivers divide

To the place of the name of Yahweh of hosts, even Mount Zion.

LSB Footnotes
Or Cush, cf. Gen 10:6
Lit drawn out
Lit from it and beyond
Lit in
Lit light
Lit is finished
As in DSS and some ancient versions; M.T. implies Consisting of a people
Lit drawn out
Lit from it and beyond

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