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Isaiah 21

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 1 This is the prophecy concerning the desert of the sea: As whirlwinds in the south pass through, so it [an invading nation] comes from the desert, from a terrible land.

 2 A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam. Besiege, O Media. All its sighing I have made to cease.

 3 Therefore my [Isaiah's] loins are filled with pain; pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman who is in childbirth; I was greatly distressed at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

 4 My heart panted, fearfulness frightened me; He has turned my pleasant night into fear for me.

 5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower; eat, drink, arise, you princes, and anoint the shield.

 6 For thus has the LORD said to me, "Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees."

 7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed;

 8 And he cried, "A lion, My lord." I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights.

 9 And, behold, here comes a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he said, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he has broken to the ground."

 10 O, my [people] who are threshed and the corn of my floor. That which I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I have declared to you.

 11 This is the oracle [word of God] concerning Dumah: He calls to me out of Seir, "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?"

 12 The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night; if you will inquire, inquire; and return and come again."

 13 This is the oracle [word of God] concerning Arabia: In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, O you traveling companies of Dedanim.

 14 O inhabitants of the land of Tema, bring water to him who is thirsty; bring bread to him who fled.

 15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

 16 For thus has the LORD said to me, "Within a year, according to the years of a hired servant, all the glory of Kedar will fail;

 17 And the remainder of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, will be diminished, for the LORD God of Israel has spoken it."


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1 Therefore my [Isaiah's] loins are filled with pain; pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman who is in childbirth; I was greatly distressedat the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. This references the supernatural suffering that the Lord allows to be inflicted upon us as we seek him. This painful, continual roaring in our private parts is tribulation. The Lord, speaking of those whom he afflicted says: Ask yourself now, and see whether a man suffers with childbirth? Then why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in labor, and all faces are turned into paleness? Jer 30:6. David refers to this happening to him also: You brought us into the net; you laid affliction upon our loins. Psalm 66:11. And David refers to this again: my loins are filled as with a loathsome disease. Psa 38:7. And Isaiah: Therefore my loins are filled with pain; Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heard it; I was dismayed when I saw it. Isa 21:3. And Lamentations references it: He has caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my loins. Lam 3:13.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. 1 Pet 4:12.

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