Isaiah 17-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Prophecy about Damascus
17 The [a]oracle concerning Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
4 Now in that day the glory of Jacob will [f]fade,
12 Alas, the uproar of many peoples
Message to Ethiopia
18 Alas, oh land of whirring wings
4 For thus the Lord has told me,
“I will look [s]from My dwelling place quietly
Message to Egypt
19 The [y]oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
5 The waters from the sea will dry up,
11 The princes of [aj]Zoan are mere fools;
16 In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a [aq]terror to Egypt; everyone [ar]to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them.
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of [as]Destruction.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a [at]Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
Prophecy about Egypt and Ethiopia
20 In the year that the [au]commander came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, 2 at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.” And he did so, going naked and barefoot. 3 And the Lord said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a [av]sign and token against Egypt and [aw]Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the [ax]shame of Egypt. 5 Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast. 6 So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, such is our hope, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?’”
God Commands That Babylon Be Taken
As windstorms in the [ba]Negev sweep on,
6 For thus the Lord says to me,
“Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.
8 Then [bf]the lookout called,
“O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
Oracles about Edom and Arabia
One keeps calling to me from Seir,
13 The [bm]oracle about Arabia.
In the thickets of Arabia you [bn]must spend the night,
16 For thus the Lord said to me, “In a year, as [bp]a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate; 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.”
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