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Isaiah 18:1-2 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

18 1 Of the enemies of the Church. 7 And of the vocation of the Gentiles.

Oh, the [a]land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,

Sending ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of [b]reeds upon the waters, saying, [c]Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation that is scattered abroad, and spoiled, unto a terrible [d]people from their beginning even hitherto: a nation by little and little even trodden under foot: whose land the [e]floods have spoiled.


  1. Isaiah 18:1 He meaneth that part of Ethiopia, which lieth toward the sea, which was so full of ships that the sails (which he compareth to wings) seemed to shadow the sea.
  2. Isaiah 18:2 Which in those countries were great, insomuch as they made ships of them for swiftness.
  3. Isaiah 18:2 This may be taken, that they sent others to comfort the Jews, and to promise them help against their enemies, and so the Lord did threaten to take away their strength, that the Jews should not trust therein: or that they did solicit the Egyptians, and promised them aid to go against Judah.
  4. Isaiah 18:2 To wit, the Jews, who because of God’s plague, made all other nations afraid of the like, as God threatened, Deut. 28:37.
  5. Isaiah 18:2 Meaning, the Assyrians, as Isa. 8:7.
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Isaiah 18:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

A Prophecy Against Cush

18 Woe to the land of whirring wings[a]
    along the rivers of Cush,[b]
which sends envoys by sea
    in papyrus boats over the water.

Go, swift messengers,
to a people tall and smooth-skinned,
    to a people feared far and wide,
an aggressive nation of strange speech,
    whose land is divided by rivers.


  1. Isaiah 18:1 Or of locusts
  2. Isaiah 18:1 That is, the upper Nile region
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