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Isaiah 18:1-2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

A Prophecy regarding Cush

18 Ah, the land of whirring wings,[a]

    that is beyond the rivers of Cush,[b]
sending their messengers by the way of the Nile
    in papyrus vessels gliding on the water!
    Go, you swift messengers,
    to a tall, smooth-skinned people[c] feared far and wide,
    to a mighty conquering nation whose land the rivers divide.[d]


  1. Isaiah 18:1 Or “locusts.”
  2. Isaiah 18:1 The Hebrew word kuwsh (Ethiopia, or modern-day Sudan) means “burned” or “darkened.”
  3. Isaiah 18:2 The meaning of this Hebrew clause is uncertain.
  4. Isaiah 18:2 That is, the Upper Nile region. The land is divided by the White Nile and the Blue Nile 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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