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Isaiah 18:1-2 New Century Version (NCV)

God’s Message to Cush

18 How terrible it will be for the land beyond the rivers of Cush.
    It is filled with the sound of wings.
That land sends messengers across the sea;
    they go on the water in boats made of reeds.

Go, quick messengers,
    to a people who are tall and smooth-skinned,
    who are feared everywhere.
They are a powerful nation that defeats other nations.
    Their land is divided by rivers.

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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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