New International Version

Isaiah 21:1-17

A Prophecy Against Babylon

1A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea:

Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland,

an invader comes from the desert,

from a land of terror.

2A dire vision has been shown to me:

The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot.

Elam, attack! Media, lay siege!

I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

3At this my body is racked with pain,

pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;

I am staggered by what I hear,

I am bewildered by what I see.

4My heart falters,

fear makes me tremble;

the twilight I longed for

has become a horror to me.

5They set the tables,

they spread the rugs,

they eat, they drink!

Get up, you officers,

oil the shields!

6This is what the Lord says to me:

“Go, post a lookout

and have him report what he sees.

7When he sees chariots

with teams of horses,

riders on donkeys

or riders on camels,

let him be alert,

fully alert.”

8And the lookout21:8 Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac; Masoretic Text A lion shouted,

“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;

every night I stay at my post.

9Look, here comes a man in a chariot

with a team of horses.

And he gives back the answer:

‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!

All the images of its gods

lie shattered on the ground!’ ”

10My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,

I tell you what I have heard

from the Lord Almighty,

from the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

11A prophecy against Dumah21:11 Dumah, a wordplay on Edom, means silence or stillness.:

Someone calls to me from Seir,

“Watchman, what is left of the night?

Watchman, what is left of the night?”

12The watchman replies,

“Morning is coming, but also the night.

If you would ask, then ask;

and come back yet again.”

A Prophecy Against Arabia

13A prophecy against Arabia:

You caravans of Dedanites,

who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

14bring water for the thirsty;

you who live in Tema,

bring food for the fugitives.

15They flee from the sword,

from the drawn sword,

from the bent bow

and from the heat of battle.

16This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以赛亚书 21:1-17

关于巴比伦的预言

1以下是关于海边沙漠21:1 海边沙漠”指巴比伦。的预言:

敌人从可怕的沙漠之地上来,

好像狂风扫过南部的旷野。

2我看见一个令人胆战心惊的异象:

“诡诈的在行诡诈,

毁灭的在行毁灭。

以拦人啊,攻打吧!

玛代人啊,围城吧!

耶和华必终止巴比伦带来的痛苦。”

3这使我充满痛苦,

我陷入剧痛中,

如同分娩的妇人,

我因听见的话而惊慌,

因看见的景象而害怕。

4我心慌意乱,惊惧不堪,

我期盼的黄昏却令我恐惧。

5他们摆设宴席,

坐在地毯上又吃又喝。

突然有人大喊:

“官长啊,起来擦亮盾牌,备战吧!”

6耶和华对我说:

“你去派人守望,

让他报告所看见的情况。

7他看到战车、一对对的骑兵、

驴队和骆驼队的时候,

要提高警惕,密切察看。”

8守望的人大喊:

“我主啊,我在瞭望塔上日夜观看。

9看啊,战车和一对对的骑兵来了。”

他又接着说:“巴比伦倾倒了!

倾倒了!

她所有的神像都被打碎在地上。”

10于是,我说:“我的百姓啊!

你们像场上被碾、被筛的谷物,

现在我把从以色列的上帝——万军之耶和华那里听见的都告诉你们了。”

关于以东的预言

11以下是关于以东的预言。

有人从西珥大声问我:

“守夜的啊,黑夜还有多长?

守夜的啊,黑夜还有多长?”

12我回答:

“黎明将到,但黑夜会再来。

如果你们还想问,再来问吧。”

关于阿拉伯的预言

13以下是关于阿拉伯的预言:

成群结队的底但客旅必躲在阿拉伯的荒野过夜。

14提玛的居民啊,要送水给这些口渴的人,

拿食物给这些逃难的人。

15他们从敌人的刀光箭影中逃生。

16耶和华对我说:“如同雇工合约规定的做工年限,一年之内,基达所有的荣耀必消失, 17勇敢的弓箭手必所剩无几。这是以色列的上帝耶和华说的。”