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Isaiah Chapter 21 Summary

Welcome to, your online Bible Study supplement source. Today we have a chapter summary on Isaiah chapter 21. Before we get to the summary, let’s review the chapter below.

1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

6 For thus hath the Almighty said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

7 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:

8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

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.

10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the Almighty of hosts, the Power of Akobe, have I declared unto you.

11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye traveling companies of Dedanim.

14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

16 For thus hath the Almighty said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the Almighty Power of Akobe hath spoken it.

Isaiah chapter 21 Summary

The chapter contains a prophetic message delivered by Isaiah. The message concerning the fate of Babylon and fragments of Edom. Through Isaiah, the Almighty conveys a message of impending judgment and calamity that will befall these nations.

In this chapter, Isaiah employs vivid imagery to describe a vision of Babylon’s fall. It begins with the burden of the desert by the sea; like whirlwinds sweeping through the south, so will troops of invaders come from the desert.

They will come from a land of terror.

It’s noted as a dire vision; Elam and Media were sent to destroy it. The Creator’s judgment is depicted as swift and inevitable. A watchman was sent to tell what he saw. He saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen.

The watchman reported the riders coming, a couple of horsemen with chariots. Then someone answered, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen,” she’s fallen with all her graven images of her gods, all of it, broken to the ground. Elam and Media, together will destroy Babylon.

Isaiah moves on to Dumah (Duma). Duma in scripture is a son of Ishmael, son of Abram by the wife Ketura. Someone called out to Isaiah from Seir asking what’s left of the night. He turns his attention to Arabia who travels with the people of Dedan. There are two families of Dedan; Dedan of Cush from Genesis 10:7.

Also Dedan of Shem, even Abram, from Genesis 25:3.

The people of the land of Tema brought water to the thirsty. Tema is a son of Abram by way of Ketura also as in Genesis 25:15. Finally, Isaiah declares that the Almighty Kedar will lose all of its glory within a year of his declaration.

While the chapter foretells Babylon’s downfall, it also warns of future calamities that may affect Seir, Dumaa, and Tema. Isaiah’s message emphasizes the importance of heeding divine warnings and acknowledging the Creator’s sovereignty.

This is the summary of Isaiah chapter 21, Glory to the King of the House of Akobe.

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Minister Koko


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