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Isaiah 21:1-3 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

God’s Message to Babylon

21 The message about the Desert by the Sea:[a]

Disaster is coming from the desert.
    It is coming like wind blowing in the south.
    It is coming from a terrible country.
I have seen a terrible vision.
    I see traitors turning against you.
    I see people taking your wealth.

Elam, attack the people!
    Media, surround the city and attack it!
    I will bring an end to the pain the city causes.

I saw those terrible things, and now I am in pain.
    My pains are like the pains of giving birth.
What I hear makes me very afraid.
    What I see causes me to shake with fear.

Footnotes:

  1. 21:1 Desert by the Sea Probably Babylon.
International Children’s Bible (ICB)

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Isaiah 21:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

A Prophecy Against Babylon

21 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.

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.

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.

New International Version (NIV)

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