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Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon

21 The [a](A)oracle concerning the [b](B)wilderness of the sea.

As (C)whirlwinds in the [c]Negev sweep on,
It comes from the wilderness, from a fearsome land.
A (D)harsh vision has been declared to me;
The (E)treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys.
Go up, (F)Elam, lay siege, Media;
I have made an end of all [d]the groaning she has caused.
For this reason my (G)loins are full of anguish;
Pains have seized me like the pains of a (H)woman in labor.
I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.
My heart [e]reels; [f]horror terrorizes me;
The twilight I longed for has been (I)turned for me into trembling.
They (J)set the table, they [g]spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink;
“Rise up, commanders, oil the shields,”

For thus the Lord says to me,

“Go, station the lookout, let him (K)declare what he sees.
Indeed, he shall see (L)riders, horsemen in pairs,
Riders of donkeys, riders of camels,
So let him pay close attention, very close attention.”

Then [h]the lookout called,

(M)O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs.”
And one answered and said, “(N)Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
And all the (O)graven images of her gods [i]are shattered on the ground.”
10 O my (P)trampled people and my [j]afflicted of the threshing floor!
What I have heard from Yahweh of hosts,
The God of Israel, I have declared to you.

Oracles Concerning Dumah and Arabia

11 The [k]oracle concerning [l](Q)Dumah.

One keeps calling to me from (R)Seir,
“Watchman, [m]how far gone is the night?
Watchman, [n]how far gone is the night?”
12 The watchman says,
“Morning comes but also night.
If you would inquire, inquire;
Come back again.”

13 The [o]oracle about [p](S)Arabia.

In the thickets of [q]Arabia you [r]must spend the night,
O caravans of (T)Dedanites.
14 Bring water to meet the thirsty,
O inhabitants of the land of (U)Tema,
Meet with bread the one who has fled.
15 For they have (V)fled from the swords,
From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow
And from the heaviness of battle.

16 For thus the Lord said to me, “In a (W)year, as [s]a hired man would count it, all the glory of (X)Kedar will end; 17 and the (Y)remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for Yahweh, the God of Israel, (Z)has spoken.”


  1. Isaiah 21:1 Or burden of
  2. Isaiah 21:1 Or sandy wastes, sea country
  3. Isaiah 21:1 South country
  4. Isaiah 21:2 Lit her groaning
  5. Isaiah 21:4 Lit wandered
  6. Isaiah 21:4 Lit shuddering
  7. Isaiah 21:5 Or spread out the rugs; or possibly they arranged the seating
  8. Isaiah 21:8 As in DSS; M.T. he called like a lion
  9. Isaiah 21:9 Lit he has shattered to the earth
  10. Isaiah 21:10 Lit son
  11. Isaiah 21:11 Or burden of
  12. Isaiah 21:11 Lit Silence; Gr Edom
  13. Isaiah 21:11 Lit what is the time of the night?
  14. Isaiah 21:11 Lit what is the time of the night?
  15. Isaiah 21:13 Or burden
  16. Isaiah 21:13 Or the desert
  17. Isaiah 21:13 Or the desert
  18. Isaiah 21:13 Or will spend
  19. Isaiah 21:16 Lit the years of a hireling