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A Judgment on Babylon

21 An * oracle f against the desert by the sea: g

Like storms that pass over the * Negev,

it comes from the desert, from the land of terror.

A troubling vision is declared to me:

“The treacherous one acts treacherously, h

and the destroyer destroys.

Advance, Elam! Lay siege, you Medes!

I will put an end to all her groaning.”

Therefore I am i filled with anguish.

Pain grips me, like the pain of a woman in labor. j

I am too perplexed to hear,

too dismayed to see.

My heart staggers;

horror terrifies me.

He has turned my last glimmer of hope k

into sheer terror. l

Prepare a table, m and spread out a carpet!

Eat and drink!

Rise up, you princes, and oil the shields!

For the Lord has said to me,

“Go, post a lookout;

let him report what he sees.

When he sees riders—

pairs of horsemen,

riders on donkeys,

riders on camels—

he must pay close attention.”

Then the lookout n reported,

“Lord, I stand on the watchtower all day, o

and I stay at my post all night.

Look, riders come—

horsemen in pairs.”

And he answered, saying,

“Babylon has fallen, p has fallen.

All the images of her gods

have been shattered on the ground.” q

10 My people who have been crushed

on the threshing floor, r

I have declared to you

what I have heard from the Lord of * Hosts,

the God of Israel.

An Oracle against Dumah

11 An oracle s against Dumah: t u

One calls to me from Seir, v

“Watchman, what is left of the night?

Watchman, what is left of the night?”

12 The watchman said,

“Morning has come, and also night.

If you want to ask, ask!

Come back again.”

An Oracle against Arabia

13 An oracle against Arabia: w

In the desert x brush

you will camp for the night,

you caravans of Dedanites. y

14 Bring water for the thirsty.

The inhabitants of the land of Tema z

meet a the refugees with food.

15 For they have fled from swords,

from the drawn sword,

from the bow that is strung,

and from the stress of battle.

16 For the Lord said this to me: “Within one year, b as a hired worker counts years, all the glory of Kedar c will be gone. 17 The remaining Kedarite archers will be few in number.” For the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

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