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Isaiah 18:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Lord’s Message to Cush

18 Ah! The land of buzzing insect wings[a]
beyond the rivers of Cush
sends couriers by sea,
in reed vessels on the waters.

Go, swift messengers,
to a nation tall and smooth-skinned,
to a people feared far and near,
a powerful nation with a strange language,[b]
whose land is divided by rivers.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 18:1 Or of sailing ships
  2. Isaiah 18:2 Hb obscure

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.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 18:1 Or of locusts
  2. Isaiah 18:1 That is, the upper Nile region
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Isaiah 18:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

18 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

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