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 birthun of the forsakun see. As whirlewyndis comen fro the southwest, it cometh fro desert, fro the orible lond. Isaiah 21:2 An hard reuelacioun is teld to me; he that is vnfeithful, doith vnfeithfuli; and he that is a distriere, distrieth. Thou Helam, stie, and thou, Meda, biseche; Y made al the weilyng therof for to ceesse. Isaiah 21:3 Therfor my leendis ben fillid with sorewe; angwische weldide me, as the angwisch of a womman trauelynge of child; Y felle doun, whanne Y herde; Y was disturblid, whanne Y siy. Isaiah 21:4 Myn herte fadide, derknessis astonieden me; Babiloyne, my derlyng, is set to me in to myracle. Isaiah 21:5 Sette thou a boord, biholde thou in to a toting place; rise, ye princes, etynge and drynkynge, take ye scheeld. Isaiah 21:6 For whi the Lord seide these thingis to me, Go thou, and sette a lokere; and telle he, what euer thing he seeth. Isaiah 21:7 And he siy the chare of tweyne horse men, the stiere of an asse, and the stiere of a camel; and he bihelde diligentli with myche lokyng, Isaiah 21:8 and criede as a lioun, Y stonde contynueli bi dai on the totyng place of the Lord, and Y stonde bi alle nyytis on my kepyng. Isaiah 21:9 Lo! this cometh, a man stiere of a carte of horse men. And Isaie criede, and seide, Babiloyne felle doun, felle doun; and alle the grauun ymagis of goddis therof ben al to-brokun in to erthe. Isaiah 21:10 Mi threschyng, and the douyter of my cornfloor, Y haue teld to you what thingis Y herde of the Lord of oostis, of God of Israel.
Edom, scorning the prophet, is moved to repentance.
Isaiah 21:11 The birthun of Duma. It crieth fro Seir to me, Kepere, what our of the niyt? kepere, what our of the niyt? Isaiah 21:12 The kepere seide, Morewtid cometh, and niyt; if ye seken, seke ye, and be ye conuertid, and come ye.
The set time of Arabia's calamity.
Isaiah 21:13 The birthun in Arabie. In the forest at euentid ye schulen slepe, in the pathis of Dodanym. Isaiah 21:14 Ye that dwellen in the lond of the south, renne, and bere watir to the thristi; and renne ye with looues to hym that fleeth. Isaiah 21:15 For thei fledden fro the face of swerdis, fro the face of swerd neiyynge, fro the face of bouwe bent, fro the face of greuouse batel. Isaiah 21:16 For the Lord seith these thingis to me, Yit in o yeer, as in the yeer of an hirid man, and al the glorie of Cedar schal be takun awei. Isaiah 21:17 And the remenauntis of the noumbre of stronge archeris of the sones of Cedar schulen be maad lesse; for whi the Lord God of Israel spak.