1 The oracle on the desert of the sea: As storm-winds in the South which with a rush from the desert, do come from a terrible land, 2 So hath, a grievous vision, been told me: - the deceiver, is deceiving. And the spoiler, is spoiling, Go up, O Elam Besiege O Media, All the sighing she hath caused, have I made to cease.
3 For this cause, are my loins filled with anguish, Pangs, have seized me, as the pangs of her that is giving birth, - I writhe so that I cannot hear, I tremble, so that I cannot see: 4 My heart fluttereth, A horror, terrifieth me, - My twilight of pleasure, hath he turned for me into a time of trembling. 5 Ye thought to prepare the table - spread the mat - eat - drink! -- Arise ye chieftains anoint the shield!
6 For, thus, hath My Lord said unto me, - Go, set the watchman, What he seeth, let him tell! 7 When he seeth A train of horsemen in double rank, A train of asses, A train of camels, Then shall he hearken attentively with diligent heed. 8 Then cried he. A lion! On the watch, O My Lord, had I been standing continually, by day, And at my post, had I been stationed whole nights; - 9 When lo! here was a train of men coming. With horsemen in double rank, - And one began and said, Fallen! fallen! is Babylon, And all the images of her gods, are smashed to the ground!
10 O thou My threshing! And the grain of my corn-floor! That which I have heard from Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, Have I declared, unto you.
11 The oracle on Dumah: Unto me, is one crying - out of Seir, Watchman! how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night? 12 Said the watchman, There cometh a morning. But also a night, - If ye will enquire, enquire, ye - Come, again!
13 The oracle on Arabia, - Among the shrubs in Arabia, must ye lodge, Ye caravans of Dedanites. 14 To meet the thirsty, bring ye water, - Ye dwellers in the land of Tema; With bread for him, get in advance of him that is in flight! 15 For, before swords, have they fled: Before a sword that is drawn, Before a bow that is bent, And before the stress of war.