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God’s Message to Cush

18 How terrible it will be for the land beyond the rivers of Cush.
    It is filled with the sound of wings.
That land sends people across the sea.
    They go on the water in boats made of reeds.

Quick messengers, go
    to the people who are tall and smooth-skinned.
    They are feared everywhere.
They are a powerful nation with strange speech.
    They defeat the other nations.
Their land is divided by rivers.

All you people of the world, look!
    Everyone who lives in the world, look!
You will see a banner raised on a mountain.
    You will hear a trumpet sound.
The Lord said to me,
    “I will quietly watch from where I live.
I will be like heat in the sunshine.
    I will be like the dew in the heat of harvest time.”
The time will be after the flowers have bloomed and before the harvest.
    The new grapes will be budding and growing.
Then the enemy will cut the plants with knives.
    He will cut down the vines and take them away.
They will be left for the birds of the mountains to eat.
    They will be left for the wild animals to eat.
Birds will feed on them all summer.
    And that winter wild animals will eat them.

At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord of heaven’s armies.
    They will come from the people who are tall and smooth-skinned.
    They are feared everywhere.
They are a powerful nation with strange speech.
    Their land is divided by rivers.
These gifts will be brought to the place of the Lord of heaven’s armies.
    They will be brought to Mount Zion.

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