18 All the kings of the nations lie in state,
    each in his own tomb.(A)
19 But you are cast out(B) of your tomb
    like a rejected branch;
you are covered with the slain,(C)
    with those pierced by the sword,(D)
    those who descend to the stones of the pit.(E)
Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
20     you will not join them in burial,(F)
for you have destroyed your land
    and killed your people.

Let the offspring(G) of the wicked(H)
    never be mentioned(I) again.

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A dire(A) vision has been shown to me:
    The traitor betrays,(B) the looter takes loot.
Elam,(C) attack! Media,(D) lay siege!
    I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

At this my body is racked with pain,(E)
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;(F)
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered(G) by what I see.
My heart(H) falters,
    fear makes me tremble;(I)
the twilight I longed for
    has become a horror(J) to me.

They set the tables,
    they spread the rugs,
    they eat, they drink!(K)
Get up, you officers,
    oil the shields!(L)

This is what the Lord says to me:

“Go, post a lookout(M)
    and have him report what he sees.
When he sees chariots(N)
    with teams of horses,
riders on donkeys
    or riders on camels,(O)
let him be alert,
    fully alert.”

And the lookout[a](P) shouted,

“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
    every night I stay at my post.
Look, here comes a man in a chariot(Q)
    with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
    ‘Babylon(R) has fallen,(S) has fallen!
All the images of its gods(T)
    lie shattered(U) on the ground!’”

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  1. Isaiah 21:8 Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text A lion

29 “Summon archers against Babylon,
    all those who draw the bow.(A)
Encamp all around her;
    let no one escape.(B)
Repay(C) her for her deeds;(D)
    do to her as she has done.
For she has defied(E) the Lord,
    the Holy One(F) of Israel.
30 Therefore, her young men(G) will fall in the streets;
    all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,”
declares the Lord.
31 “See, I am against(H) you, you arrogant one,”
    declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
“for your day(I) has come,
    the time for you to be punished.
32 The arrogant(J) one will stumble and fall(K)
    and no one will help her up;(L)
I will kindle a fire(M) in her towns
    that will consume all who are around her.”

33 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“The people of Israel are oppressed,(N)
    and the people of Judah as well.
All their captors hold them fast,
    refusing to let them go.(O)
34 Yet their Redeemer(P) is strong;
    the Lord Almighty(Q) is his name.
He will vigorously defend their cause(R)
    so that he may bring rest(S) to their land,
    but unrest to those who live in Babylon.

35 “A sword(T) against the Babylonians!”(U)
    declares the Lord
“against those who live in Babylon
    and against her officials and wise(V) men!

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57 I will make her officials(A) and wise(B) men drunk,(C)
    her governors, officers and warriors as well;
they will sleep(D) forever and not awake,”
    declares the King,(E) whose name is the Lord Almighty.

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