20 The Lord revealed the following message during the year in which King Sargon of Assyria sent his commanding general to Ashdod, and he fought against it and captured it. 1 2 At that time the Lord announced through 2 Isaiah son of Amoz: “Go, remove the sackcloth from your waist and take your sandals off your feet.” He did as instructed and walked around in undergarments 3 and barefoot. 3 Later the Lord explained, “In the same way that my servant Isaiah has walked around in undergarments and barefoot for the past three years, as an object lesson and omen pertaining to Egypt and Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, both young and old. They will be in undergarments and barefoot, with the buttocks exposed; the Egyptians will be publicly humiliated. 4 5 Those who put their hope in Cush and took pride in Egypt will be afraid and embarrassed. 5 6 At that time 6 those who live on this coast 7 will say, ‘Look what has happened to our source of hope to whom we fled for help, expecting to be rescued from the king of Assyria! How can we escape now?’”
21 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.
2 I have received a distressing message: 3
“The deceiver deceives,
the destroyer destroys.
Attack, you Elamites!
Lay siege, you Medes!
I will put an end to all the groaning!” 4
3 For this reason my stomach churns; 5
cramps overwhelm me
like the contractions of a woman in labor.
I am disturbed 6 by what I hear,
horrified by what I see.
4 My heart palpitates, 7
I shake in fear; 8
the twilight I desired
has brought me terror.
5 Arrange the table,
lay out 9 the carpet,
eat and drink! 10
Get up, you officers,
smear oil on the shields! 11
6 For this is what the sovereign master 12 has told me:
“Go, post a guard!
He must report what he sees.
7 When he sees chariots,
teams of horses, 13
riders on donkeys,
riders on camels,
he must be alert,
8 Then the guard 14 cries out:
“On the watchtower, O sovereign master, 15
I stand all day long;
at my post
I am stationed every night.
9 Look what’s coming!
a team of horses.” 16
When questioned, he replies, 17
“Babylon has fallen, fallen!
All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!”
10 O my downtrodden people, crushed like stalks on the threshing floor, 18
what I have heard
from the Lord who commands armies,
the God of Israel,
I have reported to you.
11 Here is a message about Dumah: 19
Someone calls to me from Seir, 20
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?” 21
12 The watchman replies,
“Morning is coming, but then night. 22
If you want to ask, ask;
come back again.” 23
13 Here is a message about Arabia:
In the thicket of Arabia you spend the night,
you Dedanite caravans.
14 Bring out some water for the thirsty.
You who live in the land of Tema,
bring some food for the fugitives.
15 For they flee from the swords –
from the drawn sword
and from the battle-ready bow
and from the severity of the battle.
16 For this is what the sovereign master 24 has told me: “Within exactly one year 25 all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17 Just a handful of archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be left.” 26 Indeed, 27 the Lord God of Israel has spoken.