Isaiah 21

1The sad message about the Desert of the Sea: Something is coming from the desert. It is coming like wind blowing from the Negev. It is coming from a terrible country. 2I have seen something very terrible that will happen. I see traitors turning against you. I see people taking your wealth. Elam, go and fight against the people! Media, put your armies around the city and defeat it! I will end all the evil things in that city. 3I saw those terrible things, and now I am scared. My stomach hurts because of my fear. That pain is like the pain of giving birth. The things I hear make me very afraid. The things I see make me shake with fear. 4I am worried and I am shaking from fear. My pleasant evening has become a night of fear. 5˻The people think everything is fine. The people are saying,˼ ”Prepare the table! Eat and Drink!” ˻At the same time the soldiers are saying,˼ ”Post the guard! Officers, get up and polish your shields!” 6My Master said to me, “Go find a man to guard this city. He must report whatever he sees. 7If the guard sees rows of horse soldiers, donkeys, or camels, the guard should listen carefully—very carefully.” 8˻Then one day, the guard called out the warning,˼ “Lion!” ˻The guard said,˼ “My Master, every day I have been in the watchtower watching. Every night I have been standing and guarding, but ... 9Look! They are coming! I see rows of men and horse soldiers.” ˻Then a messenger˼ said, “Babylon ˻has been defeated.˼ Babylon has fallen to the ground. All the statues of her false gods have been thrown to the ground and have broken to pieces.” 10˻Isaiah said,˼ “My people, I have told you everything that I heard from the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel. You will be crushed like grain on a threshing floor. 11The sad message about Dumah. Someone called me from Seir ˻(Edom)˼. He said, ”Guard, how much of the night is left? How much longer will it be night!” 12The guard answered, ”Morning is coming, But then night will come again. If you have something to ask, then come back and ask.” 13The sad message about Arabia. A caravan from Dedan spent the night near some trees in Arabian desert. 14They gave water to some thirsty travelers. The people of Tema gave food to some people that were traveling. 15Those people were running from swords that were ready to kill. They were running from bows that were ready to shoot. They were running from a hard battle. 16The Lord, my Master, told me those things would happen. The Lord said, “In one year, (the way a hired helper counts time) all Kedar’s glory will be gone. 17At that time, only a few of the archers, the great soldiers of Kedar, will be left alive.” The Lord, the God of Israel, told me those things.

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