Isaiah 18:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)
1 Alas, oh land of whirring wings
Which lies beyond the rivers of Cush,
2 Which sends envoys by the sea,
Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters
Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth,
To a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation
Whose land the rivers divide.
Jeremiah 5:27 (New International Version)
27 Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
they have become rich and powerful
Jeremiah 23:20 (New International Reader’s Version)
20 My anger will not turn back.
I will accomplish everything
I plan to do.
In days to come
you will understand it clearly.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;
your agreement with the grave will not stand.
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it comes it will carry you away;
morning after morning, by day and by night,
it will sweep through.”
The understanding of this message
will bring sheer terror.
Amos 3:6-7 (New International Version)
6 When a trumpet sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
has not the LORD caused it?
7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants the prophets.