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15 For they flee from the swords—
from the drawn sword,
and from the battle-ready bow,
and from the severity of the battle.

16 For this is what the Lord[a] has told me: “Within exactly one year[b] all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17 Just a handful of archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be left.”[c] Indeed,[d] the Lord God of Israel has spoken.

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  1. Isaiah 21:16 tn The Hebrew term translated “Lord” here is אֲדֹנָי (ʾadonay).
  2. Isaiah 21:16 tn Heb “in still a year, like the years of a hired worker.” See the note at 16:14.
  3. Isaiah 21:17 tn Heb “and the remnant of the number of the bow, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few.”
  4. Isaiah 21:17 tn Or “for” (KJV, ASV, NAB, NASB, NRSV).

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