The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
1 – The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds come from the south, it cometh from the desert from a terrible land.
2 – A grievous vision is told me: he that is unfaithful dealeth unfaithfully : and he that is a spoiler, spoileth. Go up, O Elam, besiege, O Mede: I have made all the mourning thereof to cease.
3 – Therefore are my loins filled with pain, anguish hath taken hold of me, as the anguish of a woman in labour: I fell down at the hearing of it, I was troubled at the seeing of it.
4 – My heart failed, darkness amazed me: Babylon my beloved is become a wonder to me.
5 – Prepare the table, behold in the watchtower them that eat and drink: arise, ye princes, take up the shield.
6 – For thus hath the Lord said to me: Go, and set a watchman: and whatsoever he shall see, let him tell.
7 – And he saw a chariot with two horsemen, a rider upon an ass, and a rider upon a camel: and he beheld them diligently with much heed.
8 – And a lion cried out: I am upon the watchtower of the Lord, standing continually by day: and I am upon my ward, standing whole nights.
9 – Behold this man cometh, the rider upon the chariot with two horsemen, and he answered, and said: Babylon is fallen, she is fallen, and all the graven gods thereof are broken unto the ground.
10 – O my thrashing and the children of my door, that which I have heard of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, I have declared unto you.
11 – The burden of Duma calleth to me out of Seir: Watchman, what of the eight? watchman, what of the night?
12 – The watchman said: The morning cometh, also the night: if you seek, seek: return, come.
13 – The burden in Arabia. In the forest at evening you shall sleep, in the paths of Dedanim.
14 – Meeting the thirsty bring him water, you that inhabit the land of the south, meet with bread him that fleeth.
15 – For they are fled from before the swords, from the sword that hung over them, from the bent bow, from the face of a grievous battle.
16 – For thus saith the Lord to me: Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Cedar shall be taken away.
17 – And the residue of the number of strong archers of the children of Cedar shall be diminished: for the Lord the God of Israel hath spoken it.
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