NASB — Isaiah 18 — KJV

Message to Ethiopia

  1 Alas, oh land of whirring wings
  Which lies beyond the rivers of IaCush,
  2 Which sends envoys by the sea,
  Even in apapyrus vessels on the surface of the waters.
  Go, swift messengers, to a nation Ibtall and smooth,
  To a people cfeared IIfar and wide,
  A powerful and oppressive nation
  Whose land the rivers divide.
  3 aAll you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth,
  As soon as a standard is raised on the mountains, byou will see [it],
  And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you will hear [it].
4 For thus the LORD has told me,
  “I will look Ifrom My adwelling place quietly
  Like dazzling heat in the IIbsunshine,
  Like a cloud of cdew in the heat of harvest.”
  5 For abefore the harvest, as soon as the bud Iblossoms
  And the flower becomes a ripening grape,
  Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives
  And remove [and] cut away the spreading branches.
  6 They will be left together for mountain birds aof prey,
  And for the beasts of the earth;
  And the birds of prey will spend the summer [feeding] on them,
  And all the beasts of the earth will spend harvest time on them.
  7 At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts
  IFrom a apeople IItall and smooth,
  Even from a people feared IIIfar and wide,
  A powerful and oppressive nation,
  Whose land the rivers divide
  To the bplace of the name of the LORD of hosts, [even] Mount Zion.

[1] IOr Ethiopia a2K 19:9; Is 20:3-5; Ezk 30:4, 5, 9; Zp 2:12; 3:10
[2] ILit drawn out IILit from it and beyond aEx 2:3 bIs 18:7 cGn 10:8, 9; 2Ch 12:2-4; 14:9; 16:8
[3] aPs 49:1; Mi 1:2 bIs 26:11
[4] ILit in IILit light aIs 26:21; Ho 5:15 b2S 23:4 cPv 19:12; Is 26:19; Ho 14:5
[5] ILit is finished aIs 17:10, 11; Ezk 17:6-10
[6] aIs 46:11; 56:9; Jr 7:33; Ezk 32:4-6; 39:17-20
[7] ISo with some ancient versions and DSS; M.T. implies Consisting of a people IILit drawn out IIILit from it and beyond aPs 68:31; Is 45:14; Zp 3:10; Ac 8:27-38 bZc 14:16, 17


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God in care of his people will destroy the Ethiopians.

1 ¶ Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which [is] beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: 2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, [saying], Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled! 3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye. 4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, [and] like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. 5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away [and] cut down the branches. 6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

[1] Ru 2:12; 2K 19:9; Ps 17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 61:4; 63:7; 91:4; Is 20:3; 30:2; 31:1; Ezk 30:4; Zp 2:12; 3:10; Mt 23:37.
[2] Gn 10:8; Ex 2:3; 2Ch 12:2; 14:9; 16:8; Is 18:7; 19:5; 30:2; Ezk 30:9.
[3] Ps 49:1; 50:1; Is 1:2; 5:26; 7:18; 13:2, 4; 26:11; Jr 22:29; Am 3:6; Mi 6:2, 9; Zc 9:14; Mt 13:9, 16.
[4] 2S 23:4; Ps 72:6; 132:13; Is 12:6; 14:32; 18:7; 26:21; 31:9; 46:13; Ho 5:15; Jol 3:17.
[5] So 2:13, 15; Is 17:11; Ezk 17:6.
[6] Is 14:19; 34:1; Jr 7:33; 15:3; Ezk 32:4; 39:17; Rv 19:17.

An access thereby shall grow unto the Church.

7 ¶ In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

[7] 2Ch 32:23; Ps 68:29; 72:9; Is 16:1; 18:2, 4; 23:17; 45:14; 60:6; Mi 4:13; Zp 3:10; Zc 14:16; Mal 1:11; Mt 2:11; Ac 8:27.


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