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Isaiah 21:1

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The Lord Will Judge Babylon

21:1 Here is a message about the Desert by the Sea: 1 

Like strong winds blowing in the south, 2 

one invades from the desert,

from a land that is feared.

Isaiah 21:9

Context

21:9 Look what’s coming!

A charioteer,

a team of horses.” 3 

When questioned, he replies, 4 

“Babylon has fallen, fallen!

All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!”

1 sn The phrase is quite cryptic, at least to the modern reader. Verse 9 seems to indicate that this message pertains to Babylon. Southern Mesopotamia was known as the Sealand in ancient times, because of its proximity to the Persian Gulf. Perhaps the reference to Babylon as a “desert” foreshadows the destruction that would overtake the city, making it like a desolate desert.

2 tn Or “in the Negev” (NASB).

3 tn Or “[with] teams of horses,” or perhaps, “with a pair of horsemen.”

4 tn Heb “and he answered and said” (so KJV, ASV).



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