Isaiah 21 ©

A prophecy concerning the ruin of the Babylonians by the Persians and the Medes, v. 1. For the comfort of the people of God, who were plagued by them, 2. Anguish arising from thence, 3. The prophet mocks the Babylonians, 5. The prophet’s vision, 6. Concerning the fall of Babel, 9. A speech made to the Jews, 10. A prophecy concerning the punishments that would befall the Edomites, 11. As also the stony Arabia, 13. The pity which the people of Tema showed to the fugitive Dedanites, 14. The ruin of Kedar, 16.


THE1 burden 2of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass 3through; so 4it cometh 5from the desert, from 6a terrible land.


7A grievous vision is declared unto me; 8the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. 9Go up, 10O Elam: 11besiege, 12O Media; 13all the sighing thereof have 14I made to cease.


15Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down 16at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.


17My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: 18thea night 19of my pleasure 20hath 21he turned into fear unto me.


22Prepare the table, 23watch 24in the watchtower, eat, drink: 25arise, ye princes, and 26anoint the shield.


27For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, 28set a watchman, let him 29declare what he seeth.


And 30he saw 31a chariot with a couple of horsemen, 32a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and 33he hearkened diligently with much heed:


And 34he cried, 35A lion: My lord, 36Ib stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my wardc whole nights:


37And, behold, 38here cometh a chariot of men, with 39a couple of horsemen. And 40he answered and said, Babylond is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods 41he hath broken unto the ground.


42O my threshing, and 43the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.


44The burden of 45Dumah. He calleth 46to me 47out of Seir, 48Watchman, 49what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?


50The watchman said, 51The morning cometh, and 52also the night: if ye will 53enquire, 54enquire ye: 55return, 56come.


¶The burden upon Arabia. 57In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies 58of Dedanim.


The inhabitants 59of the land of Tema brought water to him that was 60thirsty, they prevented 61with their bread him 62that fled.


For they fled 63from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.


For thus hath the Lord said unto me, 64Within a year, 65according to the years of an hireling, and all 66the glory 67of Kedar shall fail:


And the residue of the number 68of archers, 69the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be 70diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.