Isaiah 20

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The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 21


The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through;2 [so] it cometh6 from the desert, from a terrible12 land.


A grievous vision is declared90 unto me; the treacherous dealer6 dealeth treacherously,6 and the spoiler6 spoileth.6 Go up,3 O Elam: besiege,3 O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.52


Therefore are my loins filled1 with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me,1 as the pangs of a woman that travaileth:6 I was bowed down8 at the hearing2 [of it]; I was dismayed8 at the seeing2 [of it].


My heart panted,1 fearfulness affrighted14 me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned1 into fear unto me.


Prepare2 the table, watch2 in the watchtower, eat,2 drink:2 arise,3 ye princes, [and] anoint3 the shield.


For thus hath the Lord said1 unto me, Go,3 set54 a watchman,18 let him declare55 what he seeth.4


And he saw1 a chariot [with] a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, [and] a chariot of camels; and he hearkened52 diligently with much heed:


And he cried,4 A lion: My lord, I stand6 continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set12 in my ward whole nights:


And, behold, here cometh6 a chariot of men, [with] a couple of horsemen. And he answered4 and said,4 Babylon is fallen,1 is fallen;1 and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken14 unto the ground.


O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard1 of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared52 unto you.


The burden of Dumah. He calleth6 to me out of Seir, Watchman,6 what of the night? Watchman,6 what of the night?


The watchman6 said,1 The morning cometh,1 and also the night: if ye will enquire,4 enquire3 ye: return,3 come.3


The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge,4 O ye travelling companies6 of Dedanim.


The inhabitants6 of the land of Tema brought52 water to him2 that was thirsty, they prevented14 with their bread him that fled.6


For they fled1 from the swords, from the drawn7 sword, and from the bent7 bow, and from the grievousness of war.


For thus hath the Lord said1 unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:1


And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished:4 for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken14 [it].

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