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The Fall of Babylon

21 The oracle of the wilderness of the sea:

As storm winds passing over in the Negev,

it comes[a] from the desert,
    from a frightful land.

A hard revelation is told to me;

the treacherous deals treacherously,
    and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, Elam;
    lay siege, Media!

I put an end to all of her sighing.

Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;
    pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman giving birth.
I am too bent to hear,[b]
    I am too dismayed to see.[c]

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  1. Isaiah 21:1 Literally “to come”
  2. Isaiah 21:3 Literally “bent from hearing,” which could also mean “bent because of what I heard”
  3. Isaiah 21:3 Literally “dismayed from seeing,” which could also mean “dismayed because of what I saw”

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