21 The 1burden against the Wilderness of the Sea.
As awhirlwinds in the South pass through,
So it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
bThe treacherous dealer deals treacherously,
And the plunderer plunders.
cGo up, O Elam!
Besiege, O Media!
All its sighing I have made to cease.
3 Therefore dmy loins are filled with pain;
ePangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor.
I was 2distressed when I heard it;
I was dismayed when I saw it.
fThe night for which I longed He turned into fear for me.
5 gPrepare the table,
Set a watchman in the tower,
Eat and drink.
Arise, you princes,
Anoint the shield!
“Go, set a watchman,
Let him declare what he sees.”
A chariot of donkeys, and a chariot of camels,
And he listened earnestly with great care.
8 3Then he cried, “A lion, my Lord!
I stand continually on the hwatchtower in the daytime;
I have sat at my post every night.
Then he answered and said,
i“Babylon is fallen, is fallen!
And jall the carved images of her gods
He has broken to the ground.”
10 kOh, my threshing and the grain of my floor!
That which I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
The God of Israel,
I have declared to you.
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