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14 People of Tema,[a] come and bring water to the thirsty
    and bread for the fugitives.
15 For they have fled from the battle, from the drawn swords,
    from the bent bows, and from the weight of warfare.
16 This is what the Sovereign God said to me:
    “Within exactly one year,[b]
    all the splendor of Kedar[c] will end.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 21:14 Tema was a descendant of Abraham (1 Chron. 1:28-30). Tema (modern-day Tayma) is also a city in northern Saudi Arabia. Tema means “sunny, good fortune, prosperity.”
  2. Isaiah 21:16 Or “Within one year according to the years of a hired worker.”
  3. Isaiah 21:16 Kedar, a son of Ishmael, means “dark skinned.” Kedar’s descendants settled in the Arabian desert. Kedar is likely a metonymy for northern Arabia.

14     bring water for the thirsty;
you who live in Tema,(A)
    bring food for the fugitives.
15 They flee(B) from the sword,(C)
    from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
    and from the heat of battle.

16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract(D) would count it, all the splendor(E) of Kedar(F) will come to an end.

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