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Isaiah 21
2 A hard and grievous vision is declared to me: the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O Elam! Besiege, O Media! All the sighing I will cause to cease . 3 Therefore are my loins filled with anguish, pangs have seized me like the pangs of a woman in childbirth; I am bent and pained so that I cannot hear, I am dismayed so that I cannot see. 4 My mind reels and wanders, horror terrifies me. The twilight I looked forward to with pleasure has been turned into fear and trembling for me. 5 They prepare the table, they spread the rugs, set the watchers , they eat, they drink. Arise, you princes, and oil your shields ! 6 For thus has the Lord said to me: Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees. 7 And when he sees a troop, horsemen in pairs, a troop of donkeys, and a troop of camels, he shall listen diligently, very diligently. 8 And cried like a lion, O Lord, I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my station every night. 9 And see! Here comes a troop of men and chariots, horsemen in pairs! And he tells : Babylon has fallen, has fallen! And all the graven images of her gods lie shattered on the ground ! 10 O you my threshed and winnowed ones , that which I have heard from the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, I have announced to you ! 11 The mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning Dumah (Edom): One calls to me from Seir (Edom), Watchman, what of the night? Guardian, what of the night? 12 The watchman said, The morning comes, but also the night. if you will inquire , inquire; return, come again. 13 The mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning Arabia: In the forests and thickets of Arabia you shall lodge, O you caravans of Dedanites . 14 To the thirsty bring water, O inhabitants of the land of Tema ; meet the fugitive with bread for him. 15 For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war . 16 For the Lord has said this to me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling , all the glory of Kedar will fail. 17 And the remainder of the number of archers and their bows, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be diminished and few; for the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken it.