1 The burden of the wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the
South sweep through, it comes from the wilderness, from an awesome land.
2 A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous man deals
treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, Elam; besiege, Media; all
the sighing of it have I made to cease. 3 Therefore are my loins filled
with anguish; pangs have taken hold on me, as the pangs of a woman in
travail: I am pained so that I canít hear; I am dismayed so that I canít see.
4 My heart flutters, horror has frightened me; the twilight that I desired
has been turned into trembling to me. 5 They prepare the table, they set
the watch, they eat, they drink: rise up, you princes, anoint the
shield. 6 For thus has the Lord said to me, Go, set a watchman: let him
declare what he sees: 7 and when he sees a troop, horsemen in pairs, a
troop of donkeys, a troop of camels, he shall listen diligently with much
heed. 8 He cried as a lion: Lord, I stand continually on the watch-tower
in the day-time, and am set in my ward whole nights; 9 and, behold, here
comes a troop of men, horsemen in pairs. He answered, Fallen, fallen is
Babylon; and all the engraved images of her gods are broken to the ground.
10 You my threshing, and the grain of my floor! that which I have heard
from Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared to you. 11 The
burden of Dumah. One calls to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night? 12 The watchman said, ďThe morning comes, and
also the night. If you will inquire, inquire. Come back
13 The burden on Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall you lodge,
you caravans of Dedanites. 14 To him who was thirsty they brought
water; the inhabitants of the land of Tema did meet the fugitives with their
bread. 15 For they fled away from the swords, from the drawn sword, and
from the bent bow, and from the heat of battle. 16 For thus has the Lord
said to me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the
glory of Kedar shall fail; 17 and the residue of the number of the
archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be few; for Yahweh,
the God of Israel, has spoken it.
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