Isaiah 21:7
New International Version
When he sees chariots with teams of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him be alert, fully alert.”

New Living Translation
He should look for chariots drawn by pairs of horses, and for riders on donkeys and camels. Let the watchman be fully alert.”

English Standard Version
When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently.”

Berean Study Bible
When he sees chariots with teams of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, he must be alert, fully alert.”

King James Bible
And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

New King James Version
And he saw a chariot with a pair of horsemen, A chariot of donkeys, and a chariot of camels, And he listened earnestly with great care.

New American Standard Bible
“When he sees a column of chariots, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, He is to pay close attention, very close attention.”

NASB 1995
“When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention.”

NASB 1977
“When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention.”

Amplified Bible
“When he sees a chariot, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys and a train of camels, Let him pay attention and listen closely, very closely.”

Christian Standard Bible
When he sees riders — pairs of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels — he must pay close attention.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he sees riders— pairs of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels— he must pay close attention.”

American Standard Version
and when he seeth a troop, horsemen in pairs, a troop of asses, a troop of camels, he shall hearken diligently with much heed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he saw a mount of two horsemen riding a donkey and riding a camel, and I listened to a great report

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I saw two mounted horsemen, and a rider on an ass, and a rider on a camel.

Contemporary English Version
When they see cavalry troops and columns of soldiers on donkeys and camels, tell them to be ready!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he saw a chariot with two horsemen, a rider upon an ass, and a rider upon a camel: and he beheld them diligently with much heed.

English Revised Version
and when he seeth a troop, horsemen in pairs, a troop of asses, a troop of camels, he shall hearken diligently with much heed.

Good News Translation
If he sees riders coming on horseback, two by two, and riders on donkeys and camels, he is to observe them carefully."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will see chariots, pairs of horsemen, riders on donkeys, and riders on camels. Let him watch carefully, very carefully.

International Standard Version
When he sees chariots, each man with a pair of horses, riders on donkeys or riders on camels, let him pay attention, full attention."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when he seeth a troop, horsemen by pairs, A troop of asses, a troop of camels, He shall hearken diligently with much heed.

Literal Standard Version
And he has seen a chariot—a couple of horsemen, The rider of a donkey, the rider of a camel, And he has given attention—He has increased attention!

NET Bible
When he sees chariots, teams of horses, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, he must be alert, very alert."

New Heart English Bible
When he sees chariots, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently."

World English Bible
When he sees a troop, horsemen in pairs, a troop of donkeys, a troop of camels, he shall listen diligently with great attentiveness."

Young's Literal Translation
And he hath seen a chariot -- a couple of horsemen, The rider of an ass, the rider of a camel, And he hath given attention -- He hath increased attention!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Babylon is Fallen
6For this is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees. 7When he sees chariots with teams of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, he must be alert, fully alert.” 8Then the lookout shouted: “Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; night after night I stay at my post.…

Cross References
Isaiah 21:9
Look, here come the riders, horsemen in pairs." And one answered, saying: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon! All the images of her gods lie shattered on the ground!"

Jeremiah 17:24
If, however, you listen carefully to Me, says the LORD, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, and keep the Sabbath day holy, and do no work on it,


Treasury of Scripture

And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he listened diligently with much heed:

and he saw

Isaiah 21:9
And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

Isaiah 37:24
By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.

he harkened.

Hebrews 2:1
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.









(7) A chariot with a couple of horsemen.--Better, a troop, a couple. Both asses and camels were employed in the Persian army (Herod., i. 80, iv. 129). They probably indicate, the former an Arab, the latter a Carmanian contingent. Both are named (11,173 asses, 5,230 camels) among the spoil taken by Sennacherib on the defeat of Merodach-baladan (Bellino Tablet in Records of the Past, i. 26).

He hearkened diligently with much heed.--Literally, he listened sharply, listened sharply, with the iteration of intensity. What had met the watchman's eye in his vision had passed by in silence, and had left him in doubt as to its meaning. Was it the symbol of a Babylonian army marching out against rebels, or of a rebel army on the way to attack Babylon? He listened, but no voice came out of the darkness to interpret the vision for him.

Verse 7. - And he saw... he hearkened; rather, he shall see... he shall hearken (Kay). He is to wait and watch until he sees a certain sight; then he is to listen attentively, and he will hear the crash of the falling city. A chariot with a couple of horsemen; rather, a troop of horsemen riding two and two. This is exactly how a cavalry force was ordinarily represented by the Assyrians. Chariots are not intended either here or in ver. 9. They were not employed by the Persians until a late period of their history (see 'Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 4. pp. 113, 122). A chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; rather, men mounted on asses and on camels. It is well known that both animals were employed by the Persians in their expeditions to carry the baggage (Herod., 1:80; 4:129; Xen., 'Cyrop.,' 7:1, etc.). But neither animal was ever attached to a chariot.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When he sees
וְרָ֣אָה (wə·rā·’āh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

chariots
רֶ֗כֶב (re·ḵeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7393: A vehicle, a team, cavalry, a rider, the upper millstone

with teams
צֶ֚מֶד (ṣe·meḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6776: A couple, pair

of horsemen,
פָּֽרָשִׁ֔ים (pā·rā·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6571: A steed, a driver, cavalry

riders
רֶ֥כֶב (re·ḵeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7393: A vehicle, a team, cavalry, a rider, the upper millstone

on donkeys,
חֲמ֖וֹר (ḥă·mō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2543: A male ass

riders
רֶ֣כֶב (re·ḵeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7393: A vehicle, a team, cavalry, a rider, the upper millstone

on camels,
גָּמָ֑ל (gā·māl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1581: A camel

he must be alert,
וְהִקְשִׁ֥יב (wə·hiq·šîḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

fully
רַב־ (raḇ-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

alert.”
קָֽשֶׁב׃ (qā·šeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7182: Attentiveness


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