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The burden of the wilderness of the sea.
`Like hurricanes in the south for passing through, From the wilderness it hath come, From a fearful land.
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A hard vision hath been declared to me, The treacherous dealer is dealing treacherously, And the destroyer is destroying.
Go up, O Elam, besiege, O Media, All its sighing I have caused to cease.
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Therefore filled have been my loins [with] great pain, Pangs have seized me as pangs of a travailing woman, I have been bent down by hearing, I have been troubled by seeing.
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Wandered hath my heart, trembling hath terrified me, The twilight of my desire He hath made a fear to me,
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Arrange the table, watch in the watch-tower, Eat, drink, rise, ye heads, anoint the shield,
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For thus said the Lord unto me: `Go, station the watchman, That which he seeth let him declare.'
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And he hath seen a chariot — a couple of horsemen, The rider of an ass, the rider of a camel, And he hath given attention — He hath increased attention!
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And he crieth — a lion, `On a watch-tower my lord, I am standing continually by day, And on my ward I am stationed whole nights.
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And lo, this, the chariot of a man is coming, A couple of horsemen.' And he answereth and saith: `Fallen, fallen hath Babylon, And all the graven images of her gods He hath broken to the earth.
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O my threshing, and the son of my floor, That which I heard from Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, I have declared to you!'
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The burden of Dumah.
Unto me is [one] calling from Seir `Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?'
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The watchman hath said, `Come hath morning, and also night, If ye inquire, inquire ye, turn back, come.'
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The burden on Arabia.
In a forest in Arabia ye lodge, O travellers of Dedanim.
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To meet the thirsty brought water have Inhabitants of the land of Tema, With his bread they came before a fugitive.
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For from the face of destructions they fled, From the face of a stretched-out sword, And from the face of a trodden bow, And from the face of the grievousness of battle.
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For thus said the Lord unto me: `Within a year, as years of a hireling, Consumed hath been all the honour of Kedar.
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And the remnant of the number of bow-men, The mighty of the sons of Kedar are few, For Jehovah, God of Israel, hath spoken!'