1A prophecy about the coastal desert:
Like whirlwinds sweeping over the Negev,
it comes from the desert, from a fearsome land.
2A dire vision has been shown to me:
the betrayer betrays, and the spoiler spoils.
‘Eilam, advance! Madai, lay siege!
I will end all groaning.
3This is why my insides are racked with pain;
I am seized by pangs, like a woman in labor;
wrenched by what I hear,
aghast at what I see.
4My mind reels, shuddering assails me.
The twilight I longed for terrifies me.
5They set the table, light the lamps,
eat and drink —
“Get going, princes! Oil the shields!”
6For this is what Adonai said to me:
“Go, post a watchman to report what he sees!
7If he sees the cavalry, horsemen in pairs,
riders on donkeys, riders on camels,
he must be on alert, on full alert!”
8He calls out like a lion: “My lord,
I stand on the watchtower all day long,
I stay at my post all night.”
9Then, as they appeared — the cavalry,
horsemen in pairs — he spoke these words:
“She has fallen! She has fallen — Bavel!
All the carved images of her gods
lie shattered on the ground.”
10My people, who have been threshed,
grain trodden down on my threshing-floor:
I am telling you what I have heard
from Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el.
11A prophecy about Dumah:
Someone is calling to me from Se‘ir:
“Watchman, how much longer is it night?
Watchman, how much longer is it night?”
12The watchman answers:
“Morning is coming, but also the night.
If you want to ask, ask! Come back again!”
13A prophecy about Arabia:
You caravans of D’danim will camp
in the desert growth of Arabia.
14Bring water to the thirsty, you who live in Teima,
greet the fugitives with food;
15because they are fleeing the sword, the drawn sword,
the bent bow and the press of battle.
16For this is what Adonai has told me: “Within a year [and not a day more], as if a hired worker were keeping track of the time, the glory of Kedar will come to an end. 17Few of Kedar’s valiant archers will be left. ” Adonai the God of Isra’el has spoken.