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Isaiah 21 - NIV

A Prophecy Against Babylon

1 A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea:

Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland,
an invader comes from the desert,
from a land of terror.


A dire vision has been shown to me:
The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot.
Elam, attack! Media, lay siege!
I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.


At this my body is racked with pain,
pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
I am bewildered by what I see.

4 My heart falters,
fear makes me tremble;
the twilight I longed for
has become a horror to me.


They set the tables,
they spread the rugs,
they eat, they drink!
Get up, you officers,
oil the shields!

6 This is what the Lord says to me:

“Go, post a lookout
and have him report what he sees.

7 When he sees chariots
with teams of horses,
riders on donkeys
or riders on camels,
let him be alert,
fully alert.”

8 And the lookout[a] shouted,

“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
every night I stay at my post.

9 Look, here comes a man in a chariot
with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!
All the images of its gods
lie shattered on the ground!’”


My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,
I tell you what I have heard
from the Lord Almighty,
from the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

11 A prophecy against Dumah[b] :

Someone calls to me from Seir,
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”

12 The watchman replies,
“Morning is coming, but also the night.
If you would ask, then ask;
and come back yet again.”

A Prophecy Against Arabia

13 A prophecy against Arabia:

You caravans of Dedanites,
who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

14 bring water for the thirsty;
you who live in Tema,
bring food for the fugitives.

15 They flee from the sword,
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
and from the heat of battle.

16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end.

17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.


a. Isaiah 21:8 Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text A lion
b. Isaiah 21:11 Dumah, a wordplay on Edom, means silence or stillness.

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Craig Benner avatar
Anointed and United Shields
Shared by: Craig Benner on Apr, 2016
Summary: The shield of faith is what you need above all else.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Isaiah 21:5
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 277
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El Escudo Ungido
Shared by: Craig Benner on Apr, 2016
Summary: El escudo es una parte esencial de la armadura de Dios. Es para la defensa y para la preservarencia del soldado de Dios.
Scripture: Isaiah 21:5
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 165
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Isaiah 21:6-10
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 302
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"Watchman, What of The Night?"
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: "Watchman, What of The Night?"
Scripture: Isaiah 21:11-12
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 336
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"Watchman, what of the night?"
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: "Watchman, what of the night?"
Scripture: Isaiah 21:12
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 144
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Oil the shields
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jul, 2013
Summary: To show that we need to be always ready with our faith and the HOLY SPIRIT. (by praying in tongues)
Scripture: Isaiah 21:5
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 938
allan kircher avatar
the watchmen for Christ
Shared by: allan kircher on Sep, 2012
Summary: Today, just as there was in Isaiah’s day, there is a need for the people of God to assume the role of watchman.
Series: Isaiah
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Isaiah 21:6-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,843
Thomas Swope avatar
Nightmare On Elam Street
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jul, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 21 verses 1 through 17
Series: Isaiah
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 21:1-17
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,806
Manuel Amparo avatar
Shared by: Manuel Amparo on Mar, 2006
Summary: It is significant that all human attempts to hold the nations together have failed: Dan 2:43
Series: Prophecy
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 21:11
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist
Views: 2,092
Dan Stires avatar
The Burdened Watchman
Shared by: Dan Stires on Nov, 2002
Summary: How do we become burdened for those who are lost in their sin and need a Savior? The text here deals with the burdened watchman of Dumah.
based on 20 ratings
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 2,728
Larry Meador avatar
Watchman what of the night?
Shared by: Larry Meador on Sep, 2001
Summary: A call to both men and women of God to be watchmen of their home, church, and land during this hour of tragedy
based on 95 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 11,730