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15 For they have fled from the battle, from the drawn swords,
    from the bent bows, and from the weight of warfare.
16 This is what the Sovereign God said to me:
    “Within exactly one year,[a]
    all the splendor of Kedar[b] will end.
17 And all the weapons left of Kedar’s warriors will be few,
    for the Lord Yahweh, the God of Israel, has spoken.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 21:16 Or “Within one year according to the years of a hired worker.”
  2. Isaiah 21:16 Kedar, a son of Ishmael, means “dark skinned.” Kedar’s descendants settled in the Arabian desert. Kedar is likely a metonymy for northern Arabia.

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