Isaiah 21:6
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New International Version
This is what the Lord says to me: "Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, the Lord said to me, "Put a watchman on the city wall. Let him shout out what he sees.

English Standard Version
For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.

New American Standard Bible
For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

King James Bible
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the Lord has said to me," Go, post a lookout; let him report what he sees.

International Standard Version
For this is what the LORD told me: "Go post a lookout. Have him report what he sees.

NET Bible
For this is what the sovereign master has told me: "Go, post a guard! He must report what he sees.

New Heart English Bible
For the Lord said to me, "Go, set a watchman. Let him declare what he sees.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the Lord says to me: Post a watchman. Have him report whatever he sees.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Go, set a watchman; let him declare what he seeth!

New American Standard 1977
For thus the Lord says to me,
            “Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thus has the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman who shall declare what he sees.

King James 2000 Bible
For thus has the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.

American King James Version
For thus has the LORD said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.

American Standard Version
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman: let him declare what he seeth:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus hath the Lord said to me: Go, and set a watchman: and whatsoever he shall see, let him tell.

Darby Bible Translation
For thus hath the Lord said unto me: Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

English Revised Version
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman; let him declare what he seeth:

Webster's Bible Translation
For thus hath the Lord said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

World English Bible
For the Lord said to me, "Go, set a watchman. Let him declare what he sees.

Young's Literal Translation
For thus said the Lord unto me: 'Go, station the watchman, That which he seeth let him declare.'
Study Bible
Babylon is Fallen
5They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields," 6For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees. 7"When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention."…
Cross References
2 Kings 9:17
Now the watchman was standing on the tower in Jezreel and he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, "I see a company." And Joram said, "Take a horseman and send him to meet them and let him say, 'Is it peace?'"

Song of Solomon 3:3
"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soul loves?'
Treasury of Scripture

For thus has the LORD said to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.

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Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

2 Kings 9:17-20 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied …

Jeremiah 51:12,13 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, …

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:2-7 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, …

Habakkuk 2:1,2 I will stand on my watch, and set me on the tower, and will watch …

(6) Go, set a watchman . . .--The prophet is, as it were, placed in vision on a lofty watch-tower, and reports what meets his gaze, or that of the watchman with whom he identifies himself (Ezekiel 33:7). (Comp. the striking parallel of Habakkuk 2:1-2.)

Verse 6. - Go, set a watchman. The event is not to be immediate, it is to be watched for; and Isaiah is not to watch himself, but to set the watchman. Moreover, the watchman waits long before he sees anything (ver. 8). These unusual features of the narrative seem to mark a remote, not a near, accomplishment of the prophecy. For thus hath the Lord said unto me,.... This is a confirmation of the above prophecy from the Lord himself, he showing to the prophet, in a visionary way, the ruin of Babylon, and the means and instruments of it:

go, set a watchman; not Habakkuk, as Jarchi; nor Urias, as the Septuagint; nor Jeremiah, as others; but himself, who, in a way of vision, represented a watchman on the walls of Babylon; and which was no way unsuitable to his character and office as a prophet:

let him declare what he seeth; what he sees coming at a distance, or at hand, let him faithfully and publicly make it known: these are not the words of the king of Babylon to one of his watchmen; but of the Lord of hosts to his prophet. 6. Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth—God's direction to Isaiah to set a watchman to "declare" what he sees. But as in Isa 21:10, Isaiah himself is represented as the one who "declared." Horsley makes him the "watchman," and translates, "Come, let him who standeth on the watchtower report what he seeth."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.
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