The prophet, bewailing the captivity of his people, seeth in a vision the fall of Babylon by the Medes and Persians.
Isaiah 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlewinds in the South passe thorough; [so] it commeth from the desert, from a terrible land. Isaiah 21:2 A grieuous vision is declared vnto me; The treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth: Goe, vp O Elam: besiege, O Media: all the sighing thereof haue I made to cease. Isaiah 21:3 Therefore are my loynes filled with paine, pangs haue taken hold vpon me, as the pangs of a woman that trauelleth: I was bowed downe at the hearing [of it], I was dismayed at the seeing [of it]. Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearefulnesse affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into feare vnto me. Isaiah 21:5 Prepare the table, watch in the watch-tower, eate, drinke: arise yee princes, [and] anoint the shield. Isaiah 21:6 For thus hath the Lord sayd vnto me; Goe, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. Isaiah 21:7 And he saw a charet [with] a couple of horsemen, a charet of asses, [and] a charet of camels; and hee hearkened diligently with much heede. Isaiah 21:8 And he cryed; A lyon: my Lord, I stand continually vpon the watch-tower in the day time, and I am set in my ward whole nights. Isaiah 21:9 And behold, heere commeth a charet of men [with] a couple of horsemen: and he answered and sayd; Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and all the grauen images of her Gods he hath broken vnto the ground. Isaiah 21:10 O my threshing and the corne of my floore: that which I haue heard of the LORD of hostes the God of Israel, haue I declared vnto you.
Edom, scorning the prophet, is moved to repentance.
Isaiah 21:11 The burden of Dumah. Hee calleth to me out of Seir: Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? Isaiah 21:12 The watchman sayd; The morning commeth, and also the night: if yee will enquire, enquire yee: returne, come.
The set time of Arabia's calamity.
Isaiah 21:13 The burden vpon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall yee lodge, O yee trauelling companies of Dedanim. Isaiah 21:14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they preuented with their bread him that fled. Isaiah 21:15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawen sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grieuousnesse of warre. Isaiah 21:16 For thus hath the Lord sayd vnto me: Within a yeere, according to the yeeres of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall faile. Isaiah 21:17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar shalbe diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken [it].