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 whirlwinds in the south pass through, so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. Isaiah 21:2 A grievous vision is declared unto me: the treacherous dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, Elam! besiege, Media! All the sighing thereof have I made to cease. Isaiah 21:3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain; anguish hath taken hold upon me, as the anguish of a woman in travail: I am bowed down so as not to hear, I am dismayed so as not to see. Isaiah 21:4 My heart panteth, horror affrighteth me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into trembling unto me. Isaiah 21:5 Prepare the table, appoint the watch; eat, drink: arise, ye princes, anoint the shield. Isaiah 21:6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. Isaiah 21:7 And he saw chariots, horsemen by pairs, a chariot with asses, a chariot with camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed. Isaiah 21:8 And he cried [as] a lion, Lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights. Isaiah 21:9 And behold, there cometh a chariot of men; horsemen by pairs. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground. Isaiah 21:10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor! What I have heard of Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.
Edom, scorning the prophet, is moved to repentance.
Isaiah 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? Isaiah 21:12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire; return, come.
The set time of Arabia's calamity.
Isaiah 21:13 The burden against Arabia. In the forest of Arabia shall ye lodge, [ye] caravans of Dedanites. Isaiah 21:14 Bring ye water to meet the thirsty! The inhabitants of the land of Tema come forth with their bread for him that fleeth. Isaiah 21:15 For they flee from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war. Isaiah 21:16 For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Within a year, according to the years of a hired servant, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail; Isaiah 21:17 and the residue of the number of the archers, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, shall be diminished: for Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath spoken.