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14 Bring water for the thirsty,
    you who live in the land of Tema.
        Meet the fugitive with bread,[a]
15 For he has fled[b] from swords,
    from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow,
    and from the heat of battle.”

16 For this is what the Lord[c] is saying to me: “Within three years,[d] according to the years of a contract worker,[e] the pomp[f] of Kedar will come to an end.

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  1. Isaiah 21:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads with his bread; 4QIsaa reads and with his bread
  2. Isaiah 21:15 So 1QIsaa; MT reads they have fled
  3. Isaiah 21:16 So 1QIsaa 4QIsaa; MT reads Lord
  4. Isaiah 21:16 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Within a year
  5. Isaiah 21:16 I.e. as if carefully counted pursuant to an employment contract; cf. Isa 16:14
  6. Isaiah 21:16 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads years, all the pomp

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