Sending ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of [a]reeds upon the waters, saying, [b]Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation that is scattered abroad, and spoiled, unto a terrible [c]people from their beginning even hitherto: a nation by little and little even trodden under foot: whose land the [d]floods have spoiled.

All ye the inhabitants of the world, and dwellers in the earth, shall see when [e]he setteth up a sign in the mountains, and when he bloweth the trumpet, ye shall hear.

For so the Lord said unto me, I will [f]rest and behold in my tabernacle, as [g]the heat drying up the rain, and as a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 18:2 Which in those countries were great, insomuch as they made ships of them for swiftness.
  2. Isaiah 18:2 This may be taken, that they sent others to comfort the Jews, and to promise them help against their enemies, and so the Lord did threaten to take away their strength, that the Jews should not trust therein: or that they did solicit the Egyptians, and promised them aid to go against Judah.
  3. Isaiah 18:2 To wit, the Jews, who because of God’s plague, made all other nations afraid of the like, as God threatened, Deut. 28:37.
  4. Isaiah 18:2 Meaning, the Assyrians, as Isa. 8:7.
  5. Isaiah 18:3 When the Lord prepared to fight against the Ethiopians.
  6. Isaiah 18:4 I will stay a while from punishing the wicked.
  7. Isaiah 18:4 Which two seasons are most profitable for the ripening of fruits, whereby he meaneth, that he will seem to favor them, and give them abundance for a time, but he will suddenly cut them off.

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