Isaiah Chapter 21
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The Prophet, bewayling the captiuity of his people, seeth in a vision, the fall of Babylon by the Medes and Persians. 11 Edom, scorning the Prophet, is moued to repentance. 13 The set time of Arabias calamity.
The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlewinds in the South passe thorough; so it commeth from the desert, from a terrible land.
A grieuous vision is declared vnto me; The treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth: Goe, vp O Elam: besiege, O Media: all the sighing thereof haue I made to cease.2
Therefore are my loynes filled with paine, pangs haue taken hold vpon me, as the pangs of a woman that trauelleth: I was bowed downe at the hearing of it, I was dismayed at the seeing of it.
My heart panted, fearefulnesse affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into feare vnto me.4
Prepare the table, watch in the watch-tower, eate, drinke: arise yee princes, and anoint the shield.
For thus hath the Lord sayd vnto me; Goe, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
And he saw a charet with a couple of horsemen, a charet of asses, and a charet of camels; and hee hearkened diligently with much heede.
And he cryed; A lyon: my Lord, I stand continually vpon the watch-tower in the day time, and I am set in my ward whole nights.8
And behold, heere commeth a charet of men with a couple of horsemen: and he answered and sayd; Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and all the grauen images of her Gods he hath broken vnto the ground.9
O my threshing and the corne of my floore: that which I haue heard of the Lord of hostes the God of Israel, haue I declared vnto you.10
¶ The burden of Dumah. Hee calleth to me out of Seir: Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
The watchman sayd; The morning commeth, and also the night: if yee will enquire, enquire yee: returne, come.
¶ The burden vpon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall yee lodge, O yee trauelling companies of Dedanim.
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they preuented with their bread him that fled.14
For they fled from the swords, from the drawen sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grieuousnesse of warre.15
For thus hath the Lord sayd vnto me: Within a yeere, according to the yeeres of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall faile.
And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar shalbe diminished: for the Lord God of Israel hath spoken it.17
Isaiah Chapter 21 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Heb. hard.
4 Or, my minde wandred. , Heb. put.
8 Or, cryed as a lyon. , Abacuc. 2.1. , Or, euery night.
9 Ier.51.8. reu.14.8. and 18.2.
10 Heb. sonne.
14 Or, bring yee.
15 Or, for feare. Heb. from the face.
17 Heb. bowes
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