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 oracle on the desert of the sea: As storm-winds in the South which, with a rush from the desert, do come from a terrible land, Isaiah 21:2 [So] hath, a grievous vision, been told me:The deceiver, is deceiving, And, the spoiler, is spoiling, Go up, O Elam, Besiege, O Media, All the sighing she hath caused, have I made to cease. Isaiah 21:3 For this cause, are my loins filled, with anguish, Pangs, have seized me, as the pangs of her that is giving birth,I writhe, so that I cannot hear, I tremble, so that I cannot see: Isaiah 21:4 My heart fluttereth, A horror, terrifieth me,My twilight of pleasure, hath he turned for me into a time of trembling. Isaiah 21:5 [Ye thought] to prepare the tablespread the mateatdrink! . . . Arise, ye chieftains, anoint the shield! Isaiah 21:6 For, thus, hath My Lord said, unto me,Go, set the watchman, What he seeth, let him tell! Isaiah 21:7 When he seeth, A train of horsemen in double rank, A train of asses, A train of camels, Then shall he hearken attentively, with diligent heed. Isaiah 21:8 Then cried he, A lion! On the watch, O My Lord, had I, been standing continually, by day, And, at my post, had I, been stationed whole nights; Isaiah 21:9 When lo! here was a train of men coming, With horsemen in double rank,And one began and said, Fallen! fallen! is Babylon, And, all the images of her gods, are smashed to the ground! Isaiah 21:10 O thou My threshing! And the grain of my corn-floor! That which I have heard from Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, Have I declared, unto you.
Edom, scorning the prophet, is moved to repentance.
Isaiah 21:11 The oracle on Dumah: Unto me, is one cryingout of Seir, Watchman! how far gone is the night? Watchman! how far gone is the night? Isaiah 21:12 Said the watchman, There cometh a morning, But also, a night,If ye will enquire, enquire, yeCome, again!
The set time of Arabia's calamity.
Isaiah 21:13 The oracle on Arabia,Among the shrubs in Arabia, must ye lodge, Ye caravans of Dedanites. Isaiah 21:14 To meet the thirsty, bring ye water,Ye dwellers in the land of Tema; With bread for him, get in advance of him that is in flight! Isaiah 21:15 For, before swords, have they fled: Before a sword that is drawn, Before a bow that is bent, And before the stress of war. Isaiah 21:16 For, thus, hath My Lord said unto me,Within a year according to the yearn of a hireling, shall fail all the glory of Kedar; Isaiah 21:17 And, the remnant of the record of bowmen, The heroes of the sons of Kedar, Shall become few; For, Yahweh, God of Israel, hath spoken.