21 1The burden of the wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the
South sweep through, it cometh from the wilderness, from a terrible land.
2A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous man dealeth
treacherously, and the destroyer destroyeth. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media;
all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
3Therefore are my loins
filled with anguish; pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman
in travail: I am pained so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot
4My heart fluttereth, horror hath affrighted me; the twilight that I
desired hath been turned into trembling unto me.
5They prepare the table,
they set the watch, they eat, they drink: rise up, ye princes, anoint the
6For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman: let him
declare what he seeth:
7and when he seeth a troop, horsemen in pairs, a
troop of asses, a troop of camels, he shall hearken diligently with much
8And he cried as a lion: O Lord, I stand continually upon the
watch-tower in the day-time, and am set in my ward whole nights;
behold, here cometh a troop of men, horsemen in pairs. And he answered and
said, Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the graven images of her gods are
broken unto the ground.
10O thou my threshing, and the grain of my floor!
that which I have heard from Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, have I
declared unto you.
11The burden of Dumah. One calleth unto me out of
Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire,
inquire ye: turn ye, come.
13The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in
Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye caravans of Dedanites.
14Unto him that was
thirsty they brought water; the inhabitants of the land of Tema did meet the
fugitives with their bread.
15For they fled away from the swords, from
the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.
16For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the
years of a hireling, all the glory of Kedar shall fail;
17and the residue
of the number of the archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall
be few; for Jehovah, the God of Israel, hath spoken it.