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Isaiah 21

A Message about Babylon

1This message came to me concerning Babylon—the desert by the sea[a]:

Disaster is roaring down on you from the desert,
    like a whirlwind sweeping in from the Negev.
I see a terrifying vision:
    I see the betrayer betraying,
    the destroyer destroying.
Go ahead, you Elamites and Medes,
    attack and lay siege.
I will make an end
    to all the groaning Babylon caused.
My stomach aches and burns with pain.
    Sharp pangs of anguish are upon me,
    like those of a woman in labor.
I grow faint when I hear what God is planning;
    I am too afraid to look.
My mind reels and my heart races.
    I longed for evening to come,
    but now I am terrified of the dark.

Look! They are preparing a great feast.
    They are spreading rugs for people to sit on.
    Everyone is eating and drinking.
But quick! Grab your shields and prepare for battle.
    You are being attacked!

Meanwhile, the Lord said to me,
“Put a watchman on the city wall.
    Let him shout out what he sees.
He should look for chariots
    drawn by pairs of horses,
and for riders on donkeys and camels.
    Let the watchman be fully alert.”

Then the watchman[b] called out,
“Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord.
    Night after night I have remained at my post.
Now at last—look!
Here comes a man in a chariot
    with a pair of horses!”
Then the watchman said,
    “Babylon is fallen, fallen!
All the idols of Babylon
    lie broken on the ground!”
10 O my people, threshed and winnowed,
    I have told you everything the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has said,
    everything the God of Israel has told me.

A Message about Edom

11 This message came to me concerning Edom[c]:

Someone from Edom[d] keeps calling to me,
“Watchman, how much longer until morning?
    When will the night be over?”
12 The watchman replies,
“Morning is coming, but night will soon return.
    If you wish to ask again, then come back and ask.”

A Message about Arabia

13 This message came to me concerning Arabia:

O caravans from Dedan,
    hide in the deserts of Arabia.
14 O people of Tema,
    bring water to these thirsty people,
    food to these weary refugees.
15 They have fled from the sword,
    from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
    and the terrors of battle.

16 The Lord said to me, “Within a year, counting each day,[e] all the glory of Kedar will come to an end. 17 Only a few of its courageous archers will survive. I, the Lord, the God of Israel, have spoken!”

Notas al pie

  1. 21:1 Hebrew concerning the desert by the sea.
  2. 21:8 As in Dead Sea Scrolls and Syriac version; Masoretic Text reads a lion.
  3. 21:11a Hebrew Dumah, which means “silence” or “stillness.” It is a wordplay on the word Edom.
  4. 21:11b Hebrew Seir, another name for Edom.
  5. 21:16 Hebrew Within a year, as a servant bound by contract would count it. Some ancient manuscripts read Within three years, as in 16:14.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 21

A Prophecy Against Babylon

1Here is a prophecy against Babylon that the Lord gave me. Babylon is known as the Desert by the Sea.

An attack is coming through the desert.
    It is coming from a land of terror.
    It’s sweeping along like a windstorm blowing across the Negev Desert.

I have seen a vision about something terrible that will happen.
    People are turning against Babylon.
    Robbers are taking its goods.
Elamites, attack the city! Medes, surround it!
    The Lord will put an end to all the suffering Babylon has caused.

The vision fills my body with pain.
    Pains take hold of me.
    They are like the pains of a woman having a baby.
I am shaken by what I hear.
    I’m terrified by what I see.
My heart grows weak.
    Fear makes me tremble.
I longed for evening to come.
    But it brought me horror instead of rest.

In my vision the Babylonians set the tables.
    They spread out the rugs.
    They eat and drink.
Get up, you officers!
    Rub your shields with oil!

The Lord said to me,

“Go. Put a guard on duty on Jerusalem’s walls.
    Have him report what he sees.
Tell him to watch for chariots
    that are pulled by teams of horses.
Tell him to watch for men riding on donkeys or camels.
    Make sure he stays awake.
    Make sure he stays wide awake.”

“My master!” the guard shouts back.

“Day after day I stand here on the lookout tower.
    Every night I stay here on duty.
Look! Here comes a man in a chariot!
    It’s being pulled by a team of horses.
He’s calling out the news,
    ‘Babylon has fallen! It has fallen!
All the statues of its gods
    lie broken in pieces on the ground!’ ”

10 My people, you have been crushed
    like grain on a threshing floor.
But now I’m telling you the good news I’ve heard.
    It comes from the Lord who rules over all.
    He is the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

11 Here is a prophecy against Edom that the Lord gave me.

Someone is calling out to me from the land of Seir. He says,
    “Guard, when will the night be over?
    Guard, how soon will it end?”
12 The guard answers,
    “Morning is coming, but the night will return.
If you want to ask again,
    come back and ask.”

A Prophecy Against Arabia

13 Here is a prophecy against Arabia that the Lord gave me.

He told me to give orders to traders from Dedan.
    They were camping in the bushes of Arabia.
14     I told them to bring water for those who are thirsty.
I also gave orders to those who live in Tema.
    I told them to bring food for those who are running away.
15 They are running away from where the fighting is heaviest.
    That’s where the swords are ready to strike.
    That’s where the bows are ready to shoot.

16 The Lord spoke to me. He said, “In exactly one year, Kedar’s splendor will come to an end. 17 Only a few of Kedar’s soldiers who shoot arrows will be left alive.” The Lord has spoken. He is the God of Israel.