CHAPTER 21 Fall of Babylon[T] 21 1Oracle on the wastelands by the sea:[U] Like whirlwinds sweeping through the Negeb, it comes from the desert, from the fearful land. 2A harsh vision has been announced to me: “The traitor betrays, the despoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media;[V] put an end to all its groaning!” 3Therefore my loins are filled with anguish, pangs have seized me like those of a woman in labor; I am too bewildered to hear, too dismayed to look. 4My mind reels, shuddering assails me; The twilight I yearned for he has turned into dread. 5They set the table, spread out the rugs; they eat, they drink.[W] Rise up, O princes, oil the shield! 6For thus my Lord said to me: Go, station a watchman, let him tell what he sees. 7If he sees a chariot, a pair of horses, Someone riding a donkey, someone riding a camel, Then let him pay heed, very close heed. 8Then the watchman cried, “On the watchtower, my Lord, I stand constantly by day; And I stay at my post through all the watches of the night. 9Here he comes— a single chariot, a pair of horses— He calls out and says, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon! All the images of her gods are smashed to the ground!’” 10To you, who have been threshed, beaten on my threshing floor, What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I have announced to you. Dumah 11Oracle on Dumah:[X] They call to me from Seir, “Watchman, how much longer the night? Watchman, how much longer the night?” 12The watchman replies, “Morning has come, and again night. If you will ask, ask; come back again.” In the Steppe 13Oracle: in the steppe:[Y] In the thicket in the steppe you will spend the night, caravans of Dedanites. 14Meet the thirsty, bring them water, inhabitants of the land of Tema, greet the fugitives with bread. 15For they have fled from the sword, from the drawn sword; From the taut bow, from the thick of battle. 16For thus the Lord has said to me: In another year, like the years of a hired laborer,[Z] all the glory of Kedar shall come to an end. 17Few of Kedar’s stalwart archers shall remain, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.
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