The prophet, bewailing the captivity of his people, seeth in a vision the fall of Babylon by the Medes and Persians.
Isaiah 21:1 Thys is the heauy burthen of the waste sea: A greuous vysion was shewed vnto me, lyke as when a storme of winde & rayn russheth in from the wildernesse that terrible land. Isaiah 21:2 Who so may disceyue (said the voyce) let him disceyue. Who so may destroye, let him dystroye. Vp Elam, besege it O Madai, for I wyl styl al their groninges. Isaiah 21:3 With this the raynes of my backe were full of payne: Panges came vpon me, as vpon a woman in her trauayle. When I hearde it, I was abasshed, and when I loked vp, I was afrayde. Isaiah 21:4 Myne herte panted, I trembled for feare. The darcknesse made me fearfull in in my mynde. Isaiah 21:5 Yea sone make ready the table (sayde this voyce) kepe the watch, eate & dryncke. Vp ye Captaynes, take you to youre shild, Isaiah 21:6 for thus the Lorde hath charged me: go thy waye, and set a watche man, þt he may tel what he seith. Isaiah 21:7 And when he had wayted dylygentlye, he sawe two horsemen: the one rydynge vpon an Asse, the other vpon a Camel. Isaiah 21:8 And the lyon cryed: Lorde, I haue stande waytynge all the whole daye, and haue kepte my watch all the night. Isaiah 21:9 Wyth that came there one rydinge vpon a charet, whyche answered, and sayde: Babilon is fallen, she is turned vp syde doune and al the ymages of her Godes are smytten to the grounde. Isaiah 21:10 This (O my felowe thresshers and fanners) haue I hearde of the Lorde of Hostes the God of Israel, to shewe it vnto you.
Edom, scorning the prophet, is moved to repentance.
Isaiah 21:11 The heauy burthen of Duma. One of Seir cryed vnto me: Watche man what hast thou espyed by nyght, whatcheman what hast thou espyed by nyght. Isaiah 21:12 The watchman answered: The daye breaketh on, and the nyght is commyng: Yf youre request be earnest, then aske and come agayne.
The set time of Arabia's calamity.
Isaiah 21:13 The heauy burthen of Arabia. At euen ye shall abyde in the wood, in the way toward Dedanim. Isaiah 21:14 Mete the thursty wt water (O ye cytesins of Hema) mete those wt bread þt are fled. Isaiah 21:15 For they shal runne away from the weapen, from the drawen swearde, from the bent bowe, and from the greate battel. Isaiah 21:16 For thus hath the Lorde spoken vnto me: ouer a yeare shall all the power of Cedar be gone, lyke as when the offyce of an hyred seruaunt goeth oute. Isaiah 21:17 And the remnaunte of the good Arthers of Cedar, shalbe very fewe: For the Lorde God of Israel hath spoken it.