an invader comes from the desert,
from a land of terror.
2 A direu vision has been shown to me:
The traitor betrays,v the looter takes loot.
I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
3 At this my body is racked with pain,y
pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;z
I am staggered by what I hear,
I am bewildereda by what I see.
4 My heartb falters,
fear makes me tremble;c
the twilight I longed for
has become a horrord to me.
they spread the rugs,
they eat, they drink!e
Get up, you officers,
oil the shields!f
“Go, post a lookoutg
and have him report what he sees.
7 When he sees chariotsh
with teams of horses,
riders on donkeys
or riders on camels,i
let him be alert,
“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
every night I stay at my post.
9 Look, here comes a man in a chariotk
with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
All the images of its godsn
lie shatteredo on the ground!’ ”
10 My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,p
I tell you what I have heard
from the Lord Almighty,
from the God of Israel.
Someone calls to me from Seir,r
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?”
“Morning is coming, but also the night.
If you would ask, then ask;
and come back yet again.”
You caravans of Dedanites,u
who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
you who live in Tema,v
bring food for the fugitives.
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
and from the heat of battle.
16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contracty would count it, all the splendorz of Kedara will come to an end. 17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.b” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.c
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