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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 21

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Fall of Babylon

1Oracle on the wastelands by the sea:* Like whirlwinds sweeping in waves through the Negeb, there comes from the desert, from the fearful land, 2A cruel sight, revealed to me: the traitor betrays, the despoiler spoils. “Go up, Elam; besiege, O Media;* I will put an end to all groaning!” u Is 13, 17 . 3Therefore my loins are filled with anguish, pangs have seized me like those of a woman in labor; I am too bewildered to hear, too dismayed to look. v Ps 38, 8 . 4My mind reels, shuddering assails me; My yearning for twilight has turned into dread. 5They set the table, spread out the rugs; they eat, they drink.* Rise up, O princes, oil the shield! 6For thus says my Lord to me: Go, station a watchman, let him tell what he sees. 7If he sees a chariot, a pair of horses, Someone riding an ass, someone riding a camel, Then let him pay heed, very close heed. 8Then the watchman cried, On the watchtower, O my Lord, I stand constantly by day; And I stay at my post through all the watches of the night. w Hb 2, 1 . 9Here he comes now: a single chariot, a pair of horses; He calls out and says, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon, And all the images of her gods are smashed to the ground.’ ” x Is 46, 1; Jer 50, 2: 51, 8; Rv 14, 8 .

10O my people who have been threshed, beaten on my threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I have announced to you. y Is 51, 23 .

11Oracle on Edom: They call to me from Seir,* Watchman, how much longer the night? Watchman, how much longer the night?” 12The watchman replies, “Morning has come, and again night. If you will ask, ask; come back again.”

13Oracle on Arabia:*

In the thicket in the nomad country spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites. 14Meet the thirsty, bring them water; you who dwell in the land of Tema, greet the fugitives with bread. 15They flee from the sword, from the whetted sword; From the taut bow, from the fury of battle.

16For thus says the Lord to me: In another year, like those of a hireling,* all the glory of Kedar shall come to an end. 17Few of Kedar's stalwart archers shall remain, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.

Notes:

u: Is 13, 17 .

v: Ps 38, 8 .

w: Hb 2, 1 .

x: Is 46, 1; Jer 50, 2: 51, 8; Rv 14, 8 .

y: Is 51, 23 .

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