18:1 Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;
18:2 that sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus on the waters, [saying,] Go, you+ swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that metes out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide!
18:3 All you+ inhabitants of the world, and you+ who stay on the earth, when an ensign is lifted up on the mountains, see+; and when the trumpet is blown, hear+.
18:4 For thus has Yahweh said to me, I will be still, and I will behold in my dwelling-place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
18:5 For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the spreading branches he will take away [and] cut down.
18:6 They will be left together to the ravenous birds of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth; and the ravenous birds will summer on them, and all the beasts of the earth will winter on them.
18:7 In that time will a present be brought to Yahweh of hosts from a people tall and smooth, even from a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that metes out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Yahweh of hosts, the mount Zion.
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