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Isaiah 21:8

ESV Then he who saw cried out: “Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights.
NIV And the lookout shouted, 'Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post.
NASB Then the lookout called, 'Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
CSB Then the lookout reported, "Lord, I stand on the watchtower all day, and I stay at my post all night.
NLT Then the watchman called out, 'Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord. Night after night I have remained at my post.
KJV And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

What does Isaiah 21:8 mean?

Isaiah has answered the Lord's call, in the context of a vision, to set a watchman who will look for riders approaching the city. It seems most likely that he is watching, within his oracle, from the walls of Babylon. In this vision he is looking for the enemy riders to come attack the city and destroy it. The prophet may also picture himself on the wall of Jerusalem, looking for riders to come from Babylon with news of the battle (Isaiah 21:6–7).

In either case, he reports to the Lord that he is faithfully carrying out the duty to stand guard at the watchtower. He says that he stands and watches by day and remains at his post every night. Isaiah is faithful to his calling. He is watching for the fulfillment of the terrible vision the Lord has given to him to pass on to the people of Judah (Isaiah 21:2).
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