New Living Translation

Isaiah 18

A Message about Ethiopia

1Listen, Ethiopia[a]—land of fluttering sails[b]
    that lies at the headwaters of the Nile,
that sends ambassadors
    in swift boats down the river.

Go, swift messengers!
Take a message to a tall, smooth-skinned people,
    who are feared far and wide
for their conquests and destruction,
    and whose land is divided by rivers.

All you people of the world,
    everyone who lives on the earth—
when I raise my battle flag on the mountain, look!
    When I blow the ram’s horn, listen!
For the Lord has told me this:
“I will watch quietly from my dwelling place—
    as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day,
    or as the morning dew forms during the harvest.”
Even before you begin your attack,
    while your plans are ripening like grapes,
the Lord will cut off your new growth with pruning shears.
    He will snip off and discard your spreading branches.
Your mighty army will be left dead in the fields
    for the mountain vultures and wild animals.
The vultures will tear at the corpses all summer.
    The wild animals will gnaw at the bones all winter.

At that time the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will receive gifts
    from this land divided by rivers,
from this tall, smooth-skinned people,
    who are feared far and wide for their conquests and destruction.
They will bring the gifts to Jerusalem,[c]
    where the Lord of Heaven’s Armies dwells.

Notas al pie

  1. 18:1a Hebrew Cush.
  2. 18:1b Or land of many locusts; Hebrew reads land of whirring wings.
  3. 18:7 Hebrew to Mount Zion.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 18

A Prophecy Against Cush

1How terrible it will be for the land
    whose armies are like large numbers of flying insects!
    That land is along the rivers of Cush.
Its people send messengers on the Nile River.
    They travel over the water in papyrus boats.

Messengers, hurry back home!
    Go back to your people,
    who are tall and have smooth skin.
Everyone is afraid of them.
    They are warriors whose language is different from ours.
    Their land is divided up by rivers.

Pay attention, all you people of the world!
    Listen, all you who live on earth!
Banners will be lifted up on the mountains.
    And you will see them.
Trumpets will be blown.
    And you will hear them.
The Lord says to me,
    “I will look down from heaven, where I live.
I will be as quiet as summer heat in the sunshine.
    I will be as quiet as a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
A farmer cuts off new growth with pruning knives.
    He cuts down spreading branches and takes them away.
He does it before the grapes are harvested.
    That’s when the blooms are gone and the grapes are ripe.
In the same way, the Lord will cut off the nations
    that are gathered against his people.
Their dead bodies will be left for the birds of the mountains to eat.
    They will be left for the wild animals.
The birds will eat the dead bodies all summer long.
    The wild animals will eat them all through the winter.

At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord who rules over all.

The people who are tall and have smooth skin will bring them.
    Everyone is afraid of those people.
They are warriors whose language is different from ours.
    Their land is divided up by rivers.

They will bring their gifts to Mount Zion. That’s where the Lord who rules over all has put his Name.