Isaiah 21:13
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New International Version
A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia,

New Living Translation
This message came to me concerning Arabia: O caravans from Dedan, hide in the deserts of Arabia.

English Standard Version
The oracle concerning Arabia. In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge, O caravans of Dedanites.

New American Standard Bible
The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.

King James Bible
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An oracle against Arabia: In the desert brush you will camp for the night, you caravans of Dedanites.

International Standard Version
A message concerning Arabia. "You will camp in the thickets in Arabia, you caravans of the Dedanites.

NET Bible
Here is a message about Arabia: In the thicket of Arabia you spend the night, you Dedanite caravans.

New Heart English Bible
The burden on Arabia. In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, you caravans of Dedanites.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the divine revelation about Arabia. You caravan of travelers from the people of Dedan will spend the night in the forest of Arabia.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The burden upon Arabia. In the thickets in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye caravans of Dedanites.

New American Standard 1977
The oracle about Arabia.
            In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night,
            O caravans of Dedanites.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest ye shall pass the night in Arabia, O ye walkers of Dedanim.

King James 2000 Bible
The burden concerning Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall you lodge, O you traveling companies of Dedanites.

American King James Version
The burden on Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall you lodge, O you traveling companies of Dedanim.

American Standard Version
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye caravans of Dedanites.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The burden in Arabia. In the forest at evening you shall sleep, in the paths of Dedanim.

Darby Bible Translation
The burden against Arabia. In the forest of Arabia shall ye lodge, [ye] caravans of Dedanites.

English Revised Version
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanites.

Webster's Bible Translation
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye traveling companies of Dedanim.

World English Bible
The burden on Arabia. In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, you caravans of Dedanites.

Young's Literal Translation
The burden on Arabia. In a forest in Arabia ye lodge, O travellers of Dedanim.
Study Bible
A Prophecy against Arabia
12The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again." 13The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites. 14Bring water for the thirsty, O inhabitants of the land of Tema, Meet the fugitive with bread.…
Cross References
Genesis 10:7
The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

Isaiah 21:12
The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again."

Jeremiah 25:23
and Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who cut the corners of their hair;

Jeremiah 25:24
and all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who dwell in the desert;

Jeremiah 49:8
"Flee away, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan, For I will bring the disaster of Esau upon him At the time I punish him.

Jeremiah 49:28
Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated. Thus says the LORD, "Arise, go up to Kedar And devastate the men of the east.

Ezekiel 27:15
"The sons of Dedan were your traders. Many coastlands were your market; ivory tusks and ebony they brought as your payment.

Ezekiel 27:21
"Arabia and all the princes of Kedar, they were your customers for lambs, rams and goats; for these they were your customers.
Treasury of Scripture

The burden on Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall you lodge, O you traveling companies of Dedanim.

Arabia

1 Kings 10:15 Beside that he had of the merchants, and of the traffic of the spice …

Jeremiah 25:23,24 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners…

Jeremiah 49:28-33 Concerning Kedar, and concerning the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadrezzar …

Galatians 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem …

o ye

Isaiah 13:20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelled in from …

Genesis 25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, …

1 Chronicles 1:9,32 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and …

Ezekiel 27:15,20,21 The men of Dedan were your merchants; many isles were the merchandise …

(13) The burden upon Arabia.--Better, of the evening land. Here, again, the prophet alters the form of the word (Arab into Ereb) so as to convey a mystic meaning. The land of which he is about to speak is a land of shadow and of gloom. Evening is falling on it. It is a question whether the second Arabia is to retain its geographical form or to be translated "evening," as before. In any case, of course, Arabia is the country spoken of. The "Dedanites" appear in Jeremiah 49:8; Ezekiel 25:13, and seem from Ezekiel 27:15 to have been dwelling in the neighbourhood of the Edomites (Jeremiah 49:8) as a commercial people trading with Tyre in ebony and ivory. The point of the oracle against them is that they shall be compelled by the presence of the Assyrian armies to leave the main lines of their traffic, probably, as before, on their way westward to Tyre, and to take bye-paths, pitching their tents not near towns and villages, but in the low brushwood of the wilderness.

Verses 13-17. - THE BURDEN OF ARABIA. Edom will have companions in misfortune among the Arab tribes upon her borders, Dedan, Tema, and Kedar. War will enter their territory, derange their commerce (ver. 13), cause flight and privation (vers. 14, 15), and within a year greatly diminish the number of their fighting men (vers. 16, 17). The date of the prophecy is uncertain, but can scarcely be earlier than B.C. 715, when Sargon made an expedition into Arabia (O. Smith, 'Eponym Canon,' p. 66). Verse 13. - The burden upon Arabia; rather, in Arabia. The phrase is varied from its usual form, probably because it is not Arabia generally, but only certain of the more northern tribes, on whom calamity is about to fall. In the forest... shall ye lodge. The word used is commonly translated "forest;" but Arabia has no forests, and the meaning here must be "brushwood." Thorny bushes and shrubs are common in all parts of Arabia. The general meaning is that the caravans will have to leave the beaten track, and obtain such shelter and concealment as the scanty brushwood of the desert could afford. Ye traveling companies of Dedanim. The Dedanim, or Dedanites, were among the chief traders of the Arabian peninsula. They had commercial dealings with Tyre, which they supplied with ivory, ebony, and "precious clothes for chariots" (Ezekiel 27:15, 20). This trade they carried on by means of large caravans - the "travelling companies" of the present passage. They are thought to have had their chief settlements on the shores of the Persian Gulf, where the island of Dadan may be an echo of their name. The burden upon Arabia,.... Which lay heavy upon it, as a burden upon a beast; or "concerning" it, or "against" it, as Kimchi notes; which Arabia, or what part thereof, is meant, may be gathered from the names after mentioned. The Targum is,

"the burden of the cup of cursing, to give the Arabians to drink.''

Ben Melech says, these are the Arabians that dwell in the wilderness:

in the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge; not in their tents and huts, which they had used to carry with them, and set up where they pleased; since now in their fright and flight they would leave them behind them, and so be obliged to take up their lodging in woods and forests; perhaps the desert of Arabia Petraea is meant:

O ye travelling companies of Dedanim; or Dedanites; these were Arabians that descended from Jokshan, a son of Abraham by Keturah, Genesis 25:3 who were either shepherds, who went in companies together with their flocks, and moved from place to place for the sake of pasture; or rather were merchants, who went in caravans and troops with their merchandise from one country to another; see Ezekiel 27:15 and who, because of the ravages of the enemy, would be glad of a lodging in the woods for security. Isa 21:13-17. Prophecy that Arabia Would Be Overrun by a Foreign Foe within a Year.

Probably in the wars between Assyria and Egypt; Idumea and Arabia lay somewhat on the intermediate line of march.

13. upon—that is, respecting.

forest—not a grove of trees, but a region of thick underwood, rugged and inaccessible; for Arabia has no forest of trees.

travelling companies—caravans: ye shall be driven through fear of the foe to unfrequented routes (Isa 33:8; Jud 5:6; Jer 49:8 is parallel to this passage).

Dedanim—In North Arabia (Ge 25:3; Jer 25:23; Eze 25:13; 27:20; a different "Dedan" occurs Ge 10:7).21:13-17 The Arabians lived in tents, and kept cattle. A destroying army shall be brought upon them, and make them an easy prey. We know not what straits we may be brought into before we die. Those may know the want of necessary food who now eat bread to the full. Neither the skill of archers, nor the courage of mighty men, can protect from the judgments of God. That is poor glory, which will thus quickly come to nothing. Thus hath the Lord said to me; and no word of his shall fall to the ground. We may be sure the Strength of Israel will not lie. Happy are those only whose riches and glory are out of the reach of invaders; all other prosperity will speedily pass away.
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