21 1 Of the destruction of Babylon by the Persians and Medes. 11 The ruin of Idumea, 13 and of Arabia.
1 The burden of the [a]desert sea. As the whirlwinds in the South used to pass from the wilderness, so shall it [b]come from the horrible land.
2 A grievous vision was showed unto me, The [c]Transgressor against a transgressor, and the destroyer against a destroyer. Go up [d]Elam, besiege Media: I have caused all the mourning [e]thereof to cease.
3 Therefore are my [f]loins filled with sorrow: sorrows have taken me as the sorrows of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down when I heard it, and I was amazed when I saw it.
4 Mine heart failed: fearfulness troubled me: the night [g]of my pleasures hath he turned into fear unto me.
5 Prepare thou the table: watch in the watch tower: eat, drink: [h]arise, ye princes, anoint the shield:
6 For thus hath the [i]Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, to tell what he seeth.
7 And he saw a chariot with two horsemen: [j]a chariot of an ass, and a chariot of a camel: and he hearkened and took diligent heed.
8 And he cried, A [k]lion: my Lord, I stand continually upon the watch tower in the daytime, and I am set in my watch every night:
9 And behold, this man’s chariot cometh with two horsemen. And [l]he answered and said, Babel is fallen: it is fallen, and all the images of her gods hath he broken unto the ground.
10 O [m]my threshing, and the [n]corn of my floor. That which I have heard of the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, have I showed unto you.
11 ¶ The burden of [o]Dumah, he calleth unto me out of [p]Seir, Watchman, what was in the night? Watchman, what was in the night?
12 The watchman said, The [q]morning cometh, and also the night. If ye will as he, inquire: return and come.
13 ¶ The burden against Arabia. In [r]the forest of Arabia shall ye tarry all night, even in the ways of Dedanites.
14 O inhabitants of the land of Tema, bring forth [s]water to meet the thirsty, and prevent him that fleeth with his bread.
15 For they flee from the drawn swords, even from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.
16 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Yet a year [t]according to the years of an [u]hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail.
17 And the residue of the number of the strong archers of the sons of [v]Kedar shall be few: for the Lord God of Israel hath spoken it.
Isaiah 21:1On the seaside between Judea and Chaldea was a wilderness, whereby he meaneth Chaldea.
Isaiah 21:1That is, the ruin of Babylon by the Medes and Persians.
Isaiah 21:2The Assyrians and Chaldeans, which had destroyed other nations, shall be overcome of the Medes and Persians: and this he prophesied an hundred years before it came to pass.
Isaiah 21:17Which was the name of a people of Arabia: and by the horrible destruction of all these nations, he teacheth the Jews that there is no place for refuge or to escape God’s wrath, but only to remain in his Church, and to live in his fear.
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