The Lord Will Judge a Distant Land in the South
1 The land of buzzing wings is as good as dead,1
the one beyond the rivers of Cush,
2 that sends messengers by sea,
who glide over the water’s surface in boats made of papyrus.
Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation of tall, smooth-skinned people,2 to a people that are feared far and wide,3 to a nation strong and victorious,4 whose land rivers divide.5
3 All you who live in the world,
who reside on the earth,
you will see a signal flag raised on the mountains;
you will hear a trumpet being blown.
4 For this is what the Lord has told me:
“I will wait6 and watch from my place, like scorching heat produced by the sunlight,7 like a cloud of mist8 in the heat9 of harvest.”10
5 For before the harvest, when the bud has sprouted,
and the ripening fruit appears,11 he will cut off the unproductive shoots12 with pruning knives; he will prune the tendrils.13 6 They will all be left14 for the birds of the hills
the birds will eat them during the summer,
and all the wild animals will eat them during the winter.
7 At that time
tribute will be brought to the Lord who commands armies,
by a people that are tall and smooth-skinned,
a people that are feared far and wide,
a nation strong and victorious,
whose land rivers divide.16 The tribute17 will be brought to the place where the Lord who commands armies has chosen to reside, on Mount Zion.18