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.

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

Darby Bible Translation
For thus hath the Lord said unto 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.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Prepare the table "The table is prepared" - In Hebrew the verbs are in the infinitive mood absolute, as in Ezekiel 1:14 : "And the animals ran and returned, רצוא ושוב ratso veshob, like the appearance of the lightning;" just as the Latins say, currere et reverti, for currebant et revertebantur. See Isaiah 33:11 (note), and the note there.

Arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield - Kimchi observes that several of the rabbins understood this of Belshazzar's impious feast and death. The king of a people is termed the shield, because he is their defense. The command, Anoint the shield, is the same with Anoint a new king. Belshazzar being now suddenly slain, while they were all eating and drinking, he advises the princes, whose business it was, to make speed and anoint another in his stead.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the LORD...

2 Kings 9:17-20 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company...

Jeremiah 51:12,13 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes...

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Ezekiel 33:2-7 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, When I bring the sword on a land...

Habakkuk 2:1,2 I will stand on my watch, and set me on the tower, and will watch to see what he will say to me...

The Morning Breaketh
TEXT: "Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night."--Isaiah 21:11-12. It is very interesting to note that, whether we study the Old Testament or the New, nights are always associated with God's mornings. In other words, he does not leave us in despair without sending to us his messengers of hope and cheer. The Prophet Isaiah in this particular part of his prophecy seems to be almost broken-hearted because of the sin of the people. As one of the Scotch
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

CHAPTERS I-XXXIX Isaiah is the most regal of the prophets. His words and thoughts are those of a man whose eyes had seen the King, vi. 5. The times in which he lived were big with political problems, which he met as a statesman who saw the large meaning of events, and as a prophet who read a divine purpose in history. Unlike his younger contemporary Micah, he was, in all probability, an aristocrat; and during his long ministry (740-701 B.C., possibly, but not probably later) he bore testimony, as
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Kings 9:17
When the lookout standing on the tower in Jezreel saw Jehu's troops approaching, he called out, "I see some troops coming." "Get a horseman," Joram ordered. "Send him to meet them and ask, 'Do you come in peace?'"

Song of Solomon 3:3
The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. "Have you seen the one my heart loves?"

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