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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 21

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a‐ Emendation yields “The ‘From the Desert’ Pronouncement,” agreeing with the phrase farther on in the verse. The “Desert of the Sea” Pronouncement. ‐a Emendation yields “The ‘From the Desert’ Pronouncement,” agreeing with the phrase farther on in the verse.

1Like the gales That race through the Negeb, It comes from the desert, The terrible land. 2A harsh prophecy Has been announced to me: “The betrayer is b‐ Emendation yields “betrayed…ravaged”; cf. 33.1. betraying, The ravager ravaging. ‐b Emendation yields “betrayed…ravaged”; cf. 33.1. Advance, Elam! Lay siege, Media! c‐ Emendation yields “Put an end to all her merrymaking!” I have put an end To all her sighing.” ‐c Emendation yields “Put an end to all her merrymaking!” 3Therefore my loins Are seized with trembling; I am gripped by pangs Like a woman in travail, Too anguished to hear, Too frightened to see. 4My mind is confused, I shudder in panic. My night of pleasure He has turned to terror: 5“Set the table!” To “Let the watchman watch!” “Eat and drink!” To “Up, officers! Grease d Emendation yields “Grasp.” the shields!” 6For thus my Lord said to me: “Go, set up a sentry; Let him announce what he sees. 7He will see mounted men, Horsemen in pairs— Riders on asses, Riders on camels— And he will listen closely, Most attentively.” 8And a‐ 1QIsa reads “The watcher.” [like] a lion he ‐a 1QIsa reads “The watcher.” called out: b‐ Or “On a lookout, my lord.” “On my Lord's lookout ‐b Or “On a lookout, my lord.” I stand Ever by day, And at my post I watch Every night. 9And there they come, mounted men— Horsemen in pairs!” Then he spoke up and said, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon, And all the images of her gods Have crashed to the ground!” 10 c‐ Connection of Heb. uncertain. My threshing, the product of my threshing floor: ‐c Connection of Heb. uncertain. What I have heard from the LORD of Hosts, The God of Israel— That I have told to you. 11The “Dumah” d Name of a people; cf. Gen. 25.14. Pronouncement. A call comes to me from Seir: “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?” 12The watchman replied, “Morning came, and so did night. If you would inquire, inquire. Come back again.” 13The “In the Steppe” Pronouncement. In the scrub, in the steppe, you will lodge, O caravans of the Dedanites! 14Meet the thirsty with water, You who dwell in the land of Tema; Greet the fugitive with bread. 15For they have fled before swords: Before the whetted sword, Before the bow that was drawn, Before the stress of war.

16For thus my Lord has said to me: “In another year, fixed like the years of a hired laborer, all the multitude ofKedar shall vanish; 17 the remaining bows of Kedar's warriors shall be few in number; for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.

Notes:

a‐a Emendation yields “The ‘From the Desert’ Pronouncement,” agreeing with the phrase farther on in the verse.

b‐b Emendation yields “betrayed…ravaged”; cf. 33.1.

c‐c Emendation yields “Put an end to all her merrymaking!”

d Emendation yields “Grasp.”

a‐a 1QIsa reads “The watcher.”

b‐b Or “On a lookout, my lord.”

c‐c Connection of Heb. uncertain.

d Name of a people; cf. Gen. 25.14.

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