Isaiah 18:1
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New International Version
Woe to the land of whirring wings along the rivers of Cush,

New Living Translation
Listen, Ethiopia--land of fluttering sails that lies at the headwaters of the Nile,

English Standard Version
Ah, land of whirring wings that is beyond the rivers of Cush,

New American Standard Bible
Alas, oh land of whirring wings Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush,

King James Bible
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ah! The land of buzzing insect wings beyond the rivers of Cush

International Standard Version
Woe to the land of whirring wings that is beyond the rivers of Cush,

NET Bible
The land of buzzing wings is as good as dead, the one beyond the rivers of Cush,

New Heart English Bible
Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for the land of whirring wings which lies beyond the rivers of Sudan.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ah, land of the buzzing of wings, Which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;

New American Standard 1977
Alas, oh land of whirring wings
            Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe to the land which makes shade with her wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

King James 2000 Bible
Woe to the land with whirring wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

American King James Version
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

American Standard Version
Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;

Douay-Rheims Bible
WOE to the land, the winged cymbal, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,

Darby Bible Translation
Ha! land shadowing with wings, which art beyond the rivers of Cush,

English Revised Version
Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Cush:

World English Bible
Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;

Young's Literal Translation
Ho, land shadowed with wings, That is beyond the rivers of Cush,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
18:1-7 God's care for his people; and the increase of the church. - This chapter is one of the most obscure in Scripture, though more of it probably was understood by those for whose use it was first intended, than by us now. Swift messengers are sent by water to a nation marked by Providence, and measured out, trodden under foot. God's people are trampled on; but whoever thinks to swallow them up, finds they are cast down, yet not deserted, not destroyed. All the dwellers on earth must watch the motions of the Divine Providence, and wait upon the directions of the Divine will. God gives assurance to his prophet, and by him to be given to his people. Zion is his rest for ever, and he will look after it. He will suit to their case the comforts and refreshments he provides for them; they will be acceptable, because seasonable. He will reckon with his and their enemies; and as God's people are protected at all seasons of the year, so their enemies are exposed at all seasons. A tribute of praise should be brought to God from all this. What is offered to God, must be offered in the way he has appointed; and we may expect him to meet us where he records his name. Thus shall the nations of the earth be convinced that Jehovah is the God, and Israel is his people, and shall unite in presenting spiritual sacrifices to his glory. Happy are those who take warning by his judgment on others, and hasten to join him and his people. Whatever land or people may be intended, we are here taught not to think that God takes no care of his church, and has no respect to the affairs of men, because he permits the wicked to triumph for a season. He has wise reasons for so doing, which we cannot now understand, but which will appear at the great day of his coming, when he will bring every work into judgment, and reward every man according to his works.
Study Bible
A Message to Ethiopia
1Alas, oh land of whirring wings Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush, 2Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, To a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation Whose land the rivers divide.…
Cross References
2 Kings 19:9
When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "Behold, he has come out to fight against you," he sent messengers again to Hezekiah saying,

Isaiah 20:3
And the LORD said, "Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush,

Isaiah 37:9
When he heard them say concerning Tirhakah king of Cush, "He has come out to fight against you," and when he heard it he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,

Isaiah 45:14
Thus says the LORD, "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush And the Sabeans, men of stature, Will come over to you and will be yours; They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains And will bow down to you; They will make supplication to you: 'Surely, God is with you, and there is none else, No other God.'"

Ezekiel 30:4
"A sword will come upon Egypt, And anguish will be in Ethiopia; When the slain fall in Egypt, They take away her wealth, And her foundations are torn down.

Ezekiel 30:5
"Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all Arabia, Libya and the people of the land that is in league will fall with them by the sword."

Ezekiel 30:9
"On that day messengers will go forth from Me in ships to frighten secure Ethiopia; and anguish will be on them as on the day of Egypt; for behold, it comes!"

Zephaniah 2:12
"You also, O Ethiopians, will be slain by My sword."

Zephaniah 3:10
"From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, Will bring My offerings.
Treasury of Scripture

Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

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the land

Isaiah 20:3-6 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah has walked naked and …

Isaiah 30:2,3 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; …

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

shadowing

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Psalm 61:4 I will abide in your tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert …

Psalm 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings …

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

which

2 Kings 19:9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is …

Ezekiel 30:4,5 And the sword shall come on Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, …

Zephaniah 2:12 You Ethiopians also, you shall be slain by my sword.

Zephaniah 3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter …

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