The destruction of Babylon by the Medes and Persians: a prophecy against the Edomites and the Arabians.
1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds come from the south, it cometh from the desert from a terrible land.
Onus deserti maris. Sicut turbines ab africo veniunt, de deserto venit, de terra horribili.
2 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.
Visio dura nuntiata est mihi : qui incredulus est infideliter agit; et qui depopulator est vastat. Ascende, Aelam; obside, Mede; omnem gemitum ejus cessare feci.
3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain, anguish hath taken hold of me, as the anguish of a woman in labour: I fell down at the hearing of it, I was troubled at the seeing of it.
Propterea repleti sunt lumbi mei dolore; angustia possedit me sicut angustia parturientis; corrui cum audirem, conturbatus sum cum viderem.
4 My heart failed, darkness amazed me: Babylon my beloved is become a wonder to me.
Emarcuit cor meum; tenebrae stupefecerunt me : Babylon dilecta mea posita est mihi in miraculum.
5 Prepare the table, behold in the watchtower them that eat and drink: arise, ye princes, take up the shield.
Pone mensam, contemplare in specula comedentes et bibentes : surgite, principes, arripite clypeum.
6 For thus hath the Lord said to me: Go, and set a watchman: and whatsoever he shall see, let him tell.
Haec enim dixit mihi Dominus : Vade, et pone speculatorem, et quodcumque viderit annuntiet.
7 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.
Et vidit currum duorum equitum, ascensorem asini, et ascensorem cameli; et contemplatus est diligenter multo intuitu.
8 And a lion cried out: I am upon the watchtower of the Lord, standing continually by day: and I am upon my ward, standing whole nights.
Et clamavit leo : Super speculam Domini ego sum, stans jugiter per diem; et super custodiam meam ego sum, stans totis noctibus.
9 Behold this man cometh, the rider upon the chariot with two horsemen, and he answered, and said: Babylon is fallen, she is fallen, and all the graven gods thereof are broken unto the ground.
Ecce iste venit ascensor vir bigae equitum; et respondit, et dixit : Cecidit, cecidit Babylon, et omnia sculptilia deorum ejus contrita sunt in terram.
10 O my thrashing and the children of my door, that which I have heard of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, I have declared unto you.
Tritura mea et filii areae meae, quae audivi a Domino exercituum, Deo Israel, annuntiavi vobis.
11 The burden of Duma calleth to me out of Seir: Watchman, what of the night? watchman, what of the night?
Onus Duma. Ad me clamat ex Seir : Custos, quid de nocte? custos, quid de nocte?
12 The watchman said: The morning cometh, also the night: if you seek, seek: return, come.
Dixit custos : Venit mane et nox; si quaeritis, quaerite; convertimini, venite.
13 The burden in Arabia. In the forest at evening you shall sleep, in the paths of Dedanim.
Onus in Arabia. In saltu ad vesperam dormietis, in semitis Dedanim.
14 Meeting the thirsty bring him water, you that inhabit the land of the south, meet with bread him that fleeth.
Occurrentes sitienti ferte aquam, qui habitatis terram austri; cum panibus occurrite fugienti.
15 For they are fled from before the swords, from the sword that hung over them, from the bent bow, from the face of a grievous battle.
A facie enim gladiorum fugerunt, a facie gladii imminentis, a facie arcus extenti, a facie gravis praelii.
16 For thus saith the Lord to me: Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Cedar shall be taken away.
Quoniam haec dicit Dominus ad me : Adhuc in uno anno, quasi in anno mercenarii, et auferetur omnis gloria Cedar.
17 And the residue of the number of strong archers of the children of Cedar shall be diminished: for the Lord the God of Israel hath spoken it.
Et reliquiae numeri sagittariorum fortium de filiis Cedar imminuentur; Dominus enim Deus Israel locutus est.