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Isaiah 21 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Prophecy Against Babylon

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:1 - A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:2 - A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:3 - At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:4 - My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:5 - They set the tables, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:6 - This is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:7 - When he sees chariots with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him be alert, fully alert.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:8 - And the lookout[fn] shouted, “Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:9 - Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:10 - My people who are crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:11 - A prophecy against Dumah[fn]: Someone calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:12 - The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.”

A Prophecy Against Arabia

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:13 - A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:14 - bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:15 - They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:16 - This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 21:17 - The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.
NIV Footnotes
Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text A lion
Dumah, a wordplay on Edom, means silence or stillness.

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