Isaiah 21:2
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New International Version
A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

New Living Translation
I see a terrifying vision: I see the betrayer betraying, the destroyer destroying. Go ahead, you Elamites and Medes, attack and lay siege. I will make an end to all the groaning Babylon caused.

English Standard Version
A stern vision is told to me; the traitor betrays, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O Elam; lay siege, O Media; all the sighing she has caused I bring to an end.

New American Standard Bible
A harsh vision has been shown to me; The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.

King James Bible
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A troubling vision is declared to me:" The treacherous one acts treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Advance, Elam! Lay siege, you Medes! I will put an end to all her groaning."

International Standard Version
A dire vision has been announced to me: the traitor betrays, and the plunderer takes loot. Get up, Elam! Attack, Media! I am putting a stop to all the groaning she has caused.

NET Bible
I have received a distressing message: "The deceiver deceives, the destroyer destroys. Attack, you Elamites! Lay siege, you Medes! I will put an end to all the groaning!"

New Heart English Bible
A grievous vision is declared to me. The treacherous man deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, Elam; attack. I have stopped all of Media's sighing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was shown a harsh vision. The traitor betrays. The destroyer destroys. Go to war, Elam! Surround them, Media! I will put an end to all the groaning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A grievous vision is declared unto me: 'The treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam! besiege, O Media! All the sighing thereof have I made to cease.'

New American Standard 1977
A harsh vision has been shown to me;
            The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys.
            Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media;
            I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A grievous vision is shown unto me. For one who is treacherous, another who deals treacherously, and for one destroyer, another destroyer. Rise up, Elam; besiege Media; all the sighing thereof I have made to cease.

King James 2000 Bible
A distressing vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all its sighing have I made to cease.

American King James Version
A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

American Standard Version
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous man dealeth treacherously, and the destroyer destroyeth. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A grievous vision is told me: he that is unfaithful dealeth unfaithfully : and he that is a spoiler, spoileth. Go up, O Elam, besiege, O Mede: I have made all the mourning thereof to cease.

Darby Bible Translation
A grievous vision is declared unto me: the treacherous dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, Elam! besiege, Media! All the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

English Revised Version
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

Webster's Bible Translation
A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler plundereth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all her sighing have I made to cease.

World English Bible
A grievous vision is declared to me. The treacherous man deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, Elam; attack! I have stopped all of Media's sighing.

Young's Literal Translation
A hard vision hath been declared to me, The treacherous dealer is dealing treacherously, And the destroyer is destroying. Go up, O Elam, besiege, O Media, All its sighing I have caused to cease.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:1-10 Babylon was a flat country, abundantly watered. The destruction of Babylon, so often prophesied of by Isaiah, was typical of the destruction of the great foe of the New Testament church, foretold in the Revelation. To the poor oppressed captives it would be welcome news; to the proud oppressors it would be grievous. Let this check vain mirth and sensual pleasures, that we know not in what heaviness the mirth may end. Here is the alarm given to Babylon, when forced by Cyrus. An ass and a camel seem to be the symbols of the Medes and Persians. Babylon's idols shall be so far from protecting her, that they shall be broken down. True believers are the corn of God's floor; hypocrites are but as chaff and straw, with which the wheat is now mixed, but from which it shall be separated. The corn of God's floor must expect to be threshed by afflictions and persecutions. God's Israel of old was afflicted. Even then God owns it is his still. In all events concerning the church, past, present, and to come, we must look to God, who has power to do any thing for his church, and grace to do every thing that is for her good.
Study Bible
Babylon is Fallen
1The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea. As windstorms in the Negev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land. 2A harsh vision has been shown to me; The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused. 3For this reason my loins are full of anguish; Pains have seized me like the pains of a woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.…
Cross References
2 Kings 17:6
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and carried Israel away into exile to Assyria, and settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Psalm 25:3
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

Psalm 60:3
You have made Your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.

Psalm 119:158
I behold the treacherous and loathe them, Because they do not keep Your word.

Isaiah 22:6
Elam took up the quiver With the chariots, infantry and horsemen; And Kir uncovered the shield.

Isaiah 24:16
From the ends of the earth we hear songs, "Glory to the Righteous One," But I say, "Woe to me! Woe to me! Alas for me! The treacherous deal treacherously, And the treacherous deal very treacherously."

Isaiah 33:1
Woe to you, O destroyer, While you were not destroyed; And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed; As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you.

Jeremiah 49:34
That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:

Daniel 5:9
Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, his face grew even paler, and his nobles were perplexed.

Daniel 5:28
"'PERES '-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians."
Treasury of Scripture

A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

grievous. Heb. hard

Psalm 60:3 You have showed your people hard things: you have made us to drink …

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.

the treacherous

Isaiah 24:16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory …

Isaiah 33:1 Woe to you that spoil, and you were not spoiled; and deal treacherously…

1 Samuel 24:13 As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the …

Jeremiah 51:44,48,49,53 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his …

Revelation 13:10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills …

go up

Isaiah 13:2-4,17,18 Lift you up a banner on the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, …

Jeremiah 50:14,34 Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all you that …

Jeremiah 49:34 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam …

Jeremiah 51:11,27,28 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up …

Daniel 5:28 PERES; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

Daniel 8:20 The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

all the

Isaiah 14:1-3 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, …

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with …

Isaiah 47:6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted my inheritance, and given …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you; according to the …

Psalm 137:1-3 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yes, we wept, when we …

Jeremiah 31:11,12,20,25 For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of …

Jeremiah 45:3 You did say, Woe is me now! for the LORD has added grief to my sorrow; …

Jeremiah 51:3,4 Against him that bends let the archer bend his bow, and against him …

Lamentations 1:22 Let all their wickedness come before you; and do to them, as you …

Micah 7:8-10 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

Zechariah 1:15,16 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: …

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