5 cThey prepare the table,
they spread the rugs,1
they eat, they drink.
Arise, O princes;
doil the shield!
“Go, set a watchman;
let him announce what he sees.
riders on donkeys, riders on camels,
let him listen diligently,
8 Then he who saw cried out:2
e“Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,
continually by day,
and at my post I am stationed
horsemen in pairs!”
fAnd he answered,
g“Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
hand all the carved images of her gods
he has shattered to the ground.”
10 O imy threshed and winnowed one,
what I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel, I announce to you.
One is calling to me from lSeir,
“Watchman, what time of the night?
Watchman, what time of the night?”
“Morning comes, and also mthe night.
If you will inquire, ninquire;
come back again.”
Or they set the watchman
Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac; Masoretic Text Then a lion cried out, or Then he cried out like a lion
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