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Book of Isaiah Chapter 18

ISAIAH 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing* with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:**

ISAIAH 18:2 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!

ISAIAH 18:3 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.

ISAIAH 18:4 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.

ISAIAH 18:5 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.

ISAIAH 18:6 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.

ISAIAH 18:7 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.


* In Hebrew, TsilTsel Knafayim. Though Tsel means "shadow," tsiltsel or tsltsl probably means "ringing" with" - a reference to a place where birds are numerous and the air rings with the sound of their wings..

** In Hebrew, Kush, which might be Ethiopia or Sudan, and is generally believed to be in Africa.


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