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Elam and Media are Rebuked

21 A message[a] concerning the pasture[b] by the Sea.

“Like whirlwinds in the Negev[c] sweep on,
    it comes from the desert,
        from a distant[d] land.
A dire vision has been announced to me:
    the traitor betrays,
        and the plunderer takes loot.
Get up, Elam!
    Attack, Media!
I am putting a stop
    to all the groaning she has caused.
Therefore my body is[e] racked with pain;
    pangs have seized me,
        like the pangs of a woman in labor;
I am so upset that I cannot hear;
    I am so frightened that I cannot see
    while I’m reeling around.[f]

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  1. Isaiah 21:1 Lit. An oracle
  2. Isaiah 21:1 Or plague; cf. Isa 5:17; 1King 8:37; Jer 14:12; MT LXX read wilderness
  3. Isaiah 21:1 I.e. southern region of Israel; cf. Josh 10:40
  4. Isaiah 21:1 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsaa corrector MT LXX read terrible
  5. Isaiah 21:3 Or waist; lit. my hips and lower back are
  6. Isaiah 21:3 So 1QIsaa 4QIsaa; MT LXX begin v. 4 with this line