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Isaiah 21:9-11 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Look what’s coming!
A charioteer,
a team of horses.”[a]
When questioned, he replies,[b]
“Babylon has fallen, fallen!
All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!”
10 O my downtrodden people, crushed like stalks on the threshing floor,[c]
what I have heard
from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
the God of Israel,
I have reported to you.

Bad News for Seir

11 This is an oracle about Dumah:[d]
Someone calls to me from Seir,[e]
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”[f]


  1. Isaiah 21:9 tn Or “[with] teams of horses,” or perhaps, “with a pair of horsemen.”
  2. Isaiah 21:9 tn Heb “and he answered and said” (so KJV, ASV).
  3. Isaiah 21:10 tn Heb “My trampled one, and the son of the threshing floor.”
  4. Isaiah 21:11 tn The noun דּוּמָה (dumah) means “silence,” but here it is a proper name, probably referring to a site in northern Arabia or to the nation of Edom. See BDB 189 s.v. II דּוּמָה. If Dumah was an area in northern Arabia, it would be of interest to the Edomites because of its strategic position on trade routes which they used. See J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:398.
  5. Isaiah 21:11 sn Seir is another name for Edom. See BDB 973 s.v. שֵׂעִיר.
  6. Isaiah 21:11 sn The “night” probably here symbolizes distress and difficult times. See BDB 539 s.v. לַיְלָה.
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