18 ·How terrible it will be for [Woe to; or Listen,] the land beyond the rivers of ·Cush [or Ethiopia; C the upper Nile region]. ·It is filled with the sound of wings [L …the land of buzzing wings; or …the land of flapping sails]. 2 That land sends ·messengers [envoys; ambassadors] across the sea; they go on the water in boats made of ·reeds [papyrus; C light and speedy].
Go, ·quick [swiftly] messengers, to a people who are tall and smooth-skinned, who are feared ·everywhere [far and wide]. They are a powerful nation ·that defeats other nations [or who speak a strange language]. Their land is divided by rivers.
3 All you ·people [inhabitants] of the world, look! Everyone who lives in the world, look! You will see a ·banner [standard; signal flag] raised on a mountain. You will hear a trumpet sound. 4 The Lord said to me, “I will quietly watch from ·where I live [my dwelling place], like ·heat in the sunshine [L glowing heat upon the light], like ·the dew [L a cloud of dew] in the heat of harvest time.” 5 The time will come, after the flowers have bloomed and before the harvest, when ·new grapes will be budding and growing [the flower becomes a ripening grape]. ·The enemy [or The Lord; L He] will cut the plants with pruning knives; he will cut down the ·vines [branches; tendrils] and take them away. 6 They will be left for the ·birds [or birds of prey] of the mountains and for the wild animals. Birds will feed on them all summer, and wild animals will eat them that winter.”
7 ·At that time [L In that day] ·a gift [tribute] will be brought to the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] from the people who are tall and smooth-skinned, who are feared ·everywhere [far and wide]. They are a powerful nation ·that defeats other nations [or who speak a strange language]. Their land is divided by rivers. These gifts will be brought to the place ·of [L of the name of] the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], to Mount Zion.
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