Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon
1The #See ch. 13:1 oracle concerning the wilderness of #Jer. 51:36, 42 the sea.
As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on,
it comes from the wilderness,
from a terrible land.
2A stern vision is told to me;
# ch. 24:16; 33:1 the traitor betrays,
and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, O #See ch. 11:11 Elam;
lay siege, O #See ch. 13:17 Media;
all the #Ezek. 9:4sighing she has caused
I bring to an end.
3Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;
# See ch. 13:8 pangs have seized me,
like the pangs of a woman in labor;
I am bowed down so that I cannot hear;
I am dismayed so that I cannot see.
4My heart staggers; horror has appalled me;
# [Deut. 28:67] the twilight I longed for
has been turned for me into trembling.
Jer. 51:39, 57 They prepare the table,
they spread the rugs,#21:5 Or they set the watchman
they eat, they drink.
Arise, O princes;
2 Sam. 1:21
oil the shield!
6For thus the Lord said to me:
“Go, set a watchman;
let him announce what he sees.
7When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,
riders on donkeys, riders on camels,
let him listen diligently,
8Then he who saw cried out:#21:8 Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac; Masoretic Text Then a lion cried out, or Then he cried out like a lion
“Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,
continually by day,
and at my post I am stationed
9And behold, here come riders,
horsemen in pairs!”
# [Hab. 2:2] And he answered,
Jer. 51:8; Cited Rev. 14:8; 18:2 “Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
# ch. 46:1 and all the carved images of her gods
he has shattered to the ground.”
10O #Jer. 51:33; Amos 1:3; [Mic. 4:13]my threshed and winnowed one,
what I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
the God of Israel, I announce to you.
11The #See ch. 13:1 oracle concerning #Gen. 25:14; 1 Chr. 1:30 Dumah.
One is calling to me from #Deut. 2:8; Ezek. 35:2Seir,
“Watchman, what time of the night?
Watchman, what time of the night?”
12The watchman says:
“Morning comes, and also #[Job 36:20; Amos 5:8] the night.
If you will inquire, #[Ps. 37:36]inquire;
come back again.”
13The #See ch. 13:1 oracle concerning #Gen. 25:3; Jer. 25:23, 24 Arabia.
In the thickets in #Gen. 25:3; Jer. 25:23, 24 Arabia you will lodge,
O #[Gen. 37:25]caravans of #Gen. 25:3; Jer. 25:23, 24 Dedanites.
14To the thirsty bring water;
meet the fugitive with bread,
O inhabitants of the land of #Job 6:19Tema.
15For they have fled from the swords,
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow,
and from the press of battle.
16For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, #See ch. 16:14 according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of #ch. 60:7; Gen. 25:13; Ps. 120:5, 6; Song 1:5; Jer. 2:10; 49:28; Ezek. 27:21Kedar will come to an end. 17And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of #[See ver. 16 above] Kedar will be few, #ch. 1:20for the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.”