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Isaiah 18:2-4 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

that sends messengers by the sea
    and in vessels of papyrus on the surface of the waters!
Go, swift messengers, to a tall[a] and smooth[b] nation,
    to a people feared near and far,[c]
a mighty, mighty[d] and trampling[e] nation,
    whose land rivers divide.
All you inhabitants of the world
    and dwellers of the earth,
when a signal is raised on the[f] mountains, you must look,
    and when a trumpet is blown,[g] you must listen!

For Yahweh said this to me:

“I will be quiet,
    and I will look from my dwelling place
like clear heat because of light,[h]
    like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 18:2 Literally “stretched out”
  2. Isaiah 18:2 Literally “peeled,” “wiped clean,” or “hairless”
  3. Isaiah 18:2 Literally “from this and beyond”
  4. Isaiah 18:2 Perhaps this is a gibberish phrase in Hebrew, qaw-qaw
  5. Isaiah 18:2 Meaning uncertain
  6. Isaiah 18:3 Literally “as a raising of a signal”
  7. Isaiah 18:3 Literally “as a blowing of a trumpet”
  8. Isaiah 18:4 The meaning of this phrase is uncertain; perhaps the “light” is sunlight
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