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TitleIsaiah 21
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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A Prophecy of Judgment against Babylon (21:1–10)


21 1A prophecy against the desert of the sea.

As whirlwinds in the south sweep through,
so, it comes from the wilderness, from a terrible land.

2A harsh vision was declared unto me:

Unnamed individual

“The traitor is betraying,
and the destroyer is destroying.”

Military leader

“Go up, O Elam;
lay siege, O Media!”

Unnamed individual

“I have caused all of the sighing to cease.”


3Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;
pangs have seized me, as the pangs of a woman who is in labor.

I was bowed down at what I heard;
I was dismayed at what I saw.

4My heart went astray, shuddering fell upon me;
the twilight that I desired put me to trembling.

5Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower,
eat, drink,

arise, O you officers.
Anoint the shield.

6For thus the Lord said unto me,

The Lord

“Go, post a watchman;
let him declare what he sees.”


7And he saw chariots, with teams of horses,
riders on donkeys, riders on camels;

and he paid attention,
great attention.

8And the seer[1] cried,


“My Lord,

I stand continually upon the watchtower all day,
and I am stationed at my post all night.

9And, behold, this is coming: a chariot of a man,
a pair of horsemen.”


And he answered and said,

Unnamed messenger

“Babylon is fallen, is fallen;
and all the graven images of its gods he has shattered to the ground.”

The Lord

10“O my threshed!
O child of my threshing floor!”


I have declared that which I have heard from the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel.


A Prophecy of Judgment against Dumah (21:11–12)


11A prophecy against Dumah:
One calls to me from Seir,

Individual from Seir

“Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?”


12The watchman said,


“The morning is coming,
and also, the night;

if you will inquire,
then inquire,



A Prophecy of Judgment against Arabia (21:13–17)


13A prophecy against Arabia:

You will lodge in the forest in Arabia, O caravans of Dedanim.

14Bring water to meet the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema;
go up to the refugee with bread.

15Because they fled from swords,
from the drawn sword,

and from the bent bow,
and from the heat of battle.

16For thus the Lord said unto me,

The Lord

“Within a year, as a hired worker would count it, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end, 17and the remnant of the number of archers, the mighty men of Kedar, will be few.”


For the LORD God of Israel has spoken it.

[1] DSS Isaiah correctly attests “seer” rather than “lion.”


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 21:1