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¶ THE prophecy concerning the desert of the sea.
As a whirlwind from the south, sweeping through from the wilderness;
so it comes from a far off land.
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A grievous vision is declared to me: the oppressor oppresses, and the plunderer plunders.
Go up, O Elam, and the mountains of Media;
all the sighing thereof I have made to cease.
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Therefore my loins are filled with pain;
pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman in travail;
I was dismayed so that I could not hear, I was terrified so that I could not see.
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My heart failed, pangs made me quake;
the beauty of my pleasures has been turned into terror to me.
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Prepare the tables, watch in the watchtowers, eat, drink;
arise, O princes, and anoint the shields.
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For thus has the LORD said to me: Go, set a watchman, that he may declare what he sees.
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And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a rider on an ass and a rider on a camel;
and he hearkened diligently with much heed;
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Then the watchman cried into my ears, saying, I the LORD stand continually in the daytime, and I stand upon my watchtower every night.
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And, behold, there came a man from the pair of horsemen.
And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen;
and all the graven images of her gods are broken to the ground.
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There is no one to reap and no one to thresh;
that which I have heard of the LORD God of Israel, I have declared to you.
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¶ The prophecy concerning Dumah.
He called to me from Seir.
Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?
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The watchman says, The morning comes, and also the night;
if you will inquire, inquire;
you will come back again.
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¶ The prophecy concerning Arabia.
In the evening you shall lodge in the forest, in the highway of Dornim.
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Meet the thirsty, bring water, O you inhabitants of the land of the south!
Meet those who are fleeing with your bread.
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For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword and from the bent bow and from the grievousness of war.
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For thus has the LORD said to me: Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Kedar shall fail;
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And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished;
for the LORD God of Israel has spoken it.