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Isaiah 18

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1Ho! Thou land that makest a loud noise with thy wings,
Which is beyond the rivers of Cush;
2Which sendeth ambassadors along the sea,
And in vessels of papyrus on the face of the waters:
Go, ye swift messengers,
To a nation strong and formidable,
To a people terrible; and, from beyond them,
To a nation very strong and overpowering,
Whose lands the rivers tear up; and say:
3All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth,
When the standard is lifted up on the mountains, see ye;
And when the trumpet is sounded, hear!
4For thus hath Jehovah said unto me:
I will take my rest, and I will look on in my dwelling-place,
Like a clear heat in the sun-shine,
Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect,
And the flower is become a ripening grape,
He shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks;
And the branches he shall remove away, he shall cut down.
6They shall be left together unto the rapacious bird of the mountains,
And to the wild beast of the earth:
And the rapacious bird shall summer upon them,
And every wild beast of the earth shall winter upon them.
7At that time shall a present be brought to Jehovah of hosts,
From a people strong and formidable,
And from a people terrible; and, from beyond them,
From a nation very strong and overpowering,
Whose lands the rivers tear up;
To the place of the name of Jehovah of hosts, the mount Zion.

Isaiah 18

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The Lord’s Message to Cush
1Woe to the land of buzzing insect wings#18:1 Or of sailing ships
beyond the rivers of Cush,#2Kg 19:9; Is 20:3–5; Ezk 30:4–5,9; Zph 2:12; 3:10
2which sends envoys by sea,
in reed vessels over the water.
Go, swift messengers,
to a nation tall and smooth-skinned,
to a people feared far and near,
a powerful nation with a strange language,#18:2 Hb obscure
whose land is divided by rivers.
3All you inhabitants of the world
and you who live on the earth,
when a banner is raised on the mountains, look!
When a ram’s horn sounds, listen!
4For the Lord said to me:
I will quietly look out from my place,
like shimmering heat in sunshine,
like a rain cloud in harvest heat.
5For before the harvest, when the blossoming is over
and the blossom becomes a ripening grape,
he will cut off the shoots with a pruning knife,
and tear away and remove the branches.
6They will all be left for the birds of prey on the hills
and for the wild animals of the land.
The birds of prey will spend the summer feeding on them,
and all the wild animals the winter.
7At that time a gift will be brought to the Lord of Armies from#18:7 DSS, LXX, Vg; MT omits from a people tall and smooth-skinned,#Ps 68:31; Is 45:14; Zph 3:10; Ac 8:27–38 a people feared far and near, a powerful nation with a strange language, whose land is divided by rivers — to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the Lord of Armies.