Isaiah 21

VIN(i) 1 The burden concerning the desert by the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it comes from the desert, from a terrible land. 2 A harsh vision is revealed to me; the deceiver deceives, and the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media! I have caused all her sighing to cease. 3 So my loins fill with pain: pangs hold me as pangs of a woman birthing: I twist at hearing; I terrify at seeing: 4 My heart failed, darkness amazed me: Babylon my beloved is become a wonder to me. 5 They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; Rise up, captains, oil the shields, 6 For this is what the LORD says to me: "Go, station the lookout, and let him report what he sees. 7 When he sees chariots, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently." 8 Then the lookout shouted: "Lord, I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime, and every night I stay at my post. 9 "Look! Here come chariots and horsemen in pairs. Then he said: 'Babylon has fallen! She has fallen! All the idols they worship lie shattered on the ground.'" 10 My downtrodden people and the son of my threshing floor, I will announce to you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel. 11 The burden concerning Dumah. He calls to me from Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what 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." 13 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 pomp of Kedar will come to an end. 17 "The survivors of the bowmen, the warriors of Kedar, will be few." the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken!