1 This is the heavy burden of the waste sea: A grievous vision was showed unto me, even as the stormy weather that passeth through at the noonday, to come from the wilderness, from that horrible land. 2 Whoso may deceive, said the voice, let him deceive: Who so may destroy, let him destroy. Up Elam, besiege it O Media, for I will still all their groanings.
3 With this, the reins of my back were full of pain: Pangs came upon me, as upon a woman in her travail. It made me stoop when I heard it, and it vexed me when I saw it. 4 My heart panted, I trembled for fear. The night of my voluptuousness hath he turned against me into fear. 5 While they garnished the table, the watchman looked: and while he was eating and drinking it was said, "Up, ye Captains, take you to your shield."
6 For thus the Lord hath charged me: "Go thy way, and set a watchman, that he may tell what he seeth." 7 And when he had waited diligently, he saw two horsemen: the one riding upon an Ass, the other upon a camel. 8 And the watchman cried, "LORD, I have stood waiting all the whole day, and am appointed to keep my watch every night. 9 And behold, here cometh a chariot of men with two horsemen." And he answered and said, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen! She is turned upside down, and all the images of her gods are smitten to the ground!"
10 This, O my fellow threshers and fanners, have I heard of the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, to show it unto you.
11 The heavy burden of Dumah. He calleth unto me, out of of Seir, "Watchman, what hast thou espied by night? Watchman, what hast thou espied by night?" 12 The watchman answered, "The morning cometh, and so doth the night. If ye will ask any question, then ask it, return and come again."
13 The heavy burden upon Arabia. At even ye shall abide in the wood, in the way toward Dedanim. 14 Meet the thirsty with water, O ye citizens of Tema; meet those with bread that are fled. 15 For they shall run away from the weapon, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the great battle.
16 For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, "There is yet a year according to the years of a hired servant, and all the glory of the Cedar shall fail. 17 And the number of them that shall escape from the bows shall be minished by the mighty children of Cedar: For the LORD God of Israel hath spoken."