Thematic Bible: Isaiah 21

Isaiah 21:1 (show verse)

The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea As windstorms in the Negev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.

Isaiah 21:2 (show verse)

A harsh vision has been shown to me; The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.

Isaiah 21:3 (show verse)

For this reason my loins are full of anguish; Pains have seized me like the pains of a woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.

Isaiah 21:4 (show verse)

My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

Isaiah 21:5 (show verse)

They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"

Isaiah 21:6 (show verse)

For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

Isaiah 21:7 (show verse)

"When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention."

Isaiah 21:8 (show verse)

Then the lookout called, "O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationed every night at my guard post.

Isaiah 21:9 (show verse)

"Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs." And one said, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon; And all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground."

Isaiah 21:10 (show verse)

O my threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I make known to you.

Isaiah 21:11 (show verse)

The oracle concerning Edom One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"

Isaiah 21:12 (show verse)

The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again."

Isaiah 21:13 (show verse)

The oracle about Arabia In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.

Isaiah 21:14 (show verse)

Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread.

Isaiah 21:15 (show verse)

For they have fled from the swords, From the drawn sword, and from the bent bow And from the press of battle.

Isaiah 21:16 (show verse)

For thus the Lord said to me, "In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate;

Isaiah 21:17 (show verse)

and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the LORD God of Israel has spoken."