1 The burden against the wilderness of the sea: As tempests in the south pass through,
so it comes from the wilderness, from a dreadful land.
2 An intense vision is declared to me: The deceiver deals treacherously, and the
plunderer devastates. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media! I have caused all her sighing to
3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain; pangs have taken hold on me like the pangs of
a woman in labor. I am bent over from hearing it; I am dismayed from seeing it.
4 My heart has wandered, terror overwhelms me; the twilight I longed for He has turned
5 Prepare the table, keep watch in the watchtower, eat, drink. Arise, you rulers, and
anoint the shield.
6 For thus Jehovah has said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.
7 And he saw a chariot with a pair of horsemen, a chariot of an ass, and a chariot of a
camel. And he paid attention and listened with great diligence.
8 And he cried out, A lion! My lord, I stand continually on the watchtower by day, and I
am stationed at my post all the nights.
9 And behold, here comes a chariot with a man, and a pair of horsemen. And he
answered and said, Babylon has fallen, has fallen! And all the graven images of her gods
He has smashed to the ground.
10 O my threshing, and the grain of my floor! That which I have heard from Jehovah of
Hosts, the God of Israel, I have declared to you.
11 The burden against Dumah: He calls to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the
night? Watchman, what of the night?
12 The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night; if you will inquire,
inquire; come, return.
13 The burden against Arabia: You shall lodge in the forest of Arabia, O traveling
companies of Dedanites.
14 The people of the land of Tema have brought water to him who was thirsty; they
have met him who fled with their bread.
15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and
from the vehemence of war.
16 For Jehovah has said to me, Within a year, according to the year of a hireling, all the
glory of Kedar shall fail;
17 and the rest of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall
be diminished; for Jehovah the God of Israel, has spoken.