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1Ah, land of whirring wings

which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia;

2which sends ambassadors by the Nile,

in vessels of papyrus upon the waters!

Go, you swift messengers,

to a nation, tall and smooth,

to a people feared near and far,

a nation mighty and conquering,

whose land the rivers divide.

3All you inhabitants of the world,

you who dwell on the earth,

when a signal is raised on the mountains, look!

When a trumpet is blown, hear!

4For thus the Lord said to me:

“I will quietly look from my dwelling

like clear heat in sunshine,

like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

5For before the harvest, when the blossom is over,

and the flower becomes a ripening grape,

he will cut off the shoots with pruning hooks,

and the spreading branches he will hew away.

6They shall all of them be left

to the birds of prey of the mountains

and to the beasts of the earth.

And the birds of prey will summer upon them,

and all the beasts of the earth will winter upon them,

7At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord of hosts

from a people tall and smooth,

from a people feared near and far,

a nation mighty and conquering,

whose land the rivers divide,

to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the Lord of hosts.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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