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"Watchman, What Of The Night?"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Isaiah, prophet of the Lord, pronounces his vision of "Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." Proclaiming the Lord's wrath for the sins of His chosen people, Isaiah urges obedience to the will of the Almighty. Jerusalem and Judah will become the center of the law of the Lord. Having prophesied the appearance of a messiah and having received a vision of God on His throne, the naked Isaiah goes about announcing the future conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia by Assyria. A later prophet, calling himself "watchman," foresees the anxiety of Judah's neighbor, Edom (Dumah). The answer of the watchman may mean the inquirer will have to wait for further information regarding the dark times of the nation:

The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.