11 The oracle about Dumah: He calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what are the night’s results? Watchman, what happened last night?” 12 A watchman says, “Morning comes, and also night. If you want to ask, ask; keep coming back. 13 An oracle in Arabia: You will spend the night in the thicket in a desert-plateau, with caravans of Dedanites. 14 Upon encountering a thirsty one, bring water. Residents of the land of Tema came to meet a fugitive with his bread. 15 Because they have fled from swords, from drawn sword and bent bow, and from fierce battle. 16 Because the Lord said this to me: “In yet a year, like years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end. 17 And the remainder of the bow tally of the warriors of the sons of Kedar will be few” because Yahveh, the God of Israel, has spoken.
daily news from the front
The watchman would be the person to go to for news of the front. He would occasionally meet a soldier who had deserted the battle, and get news of how the war was going. The citizens would ask the watchman of the city, and he would keep them informed. The LORD encouraged this, because it was a constant reminder of his promise to end Babylonian domination within the year.
I am reflecting as I write this on the past year. A major transition in my life has occurred. Within one year I broke free from a four year period of – well, like an exile. I thank the LORD for that period of my life, but I am so grateful it is coming to an end. My word from the LORD today is to keep my ear out for daily news from the front, and expect God to keep his promise to me, as he did to the Israelites.
LORD, we trust you to keep your promises. We will wait expectantly for news of the changes you are making. We will keep asking.
 The Hebrew for “in a desert-plateau” is the same as for “concerning Arabia.”