|Isaiah 34 |
1 Come near, you nations, to hear; and hearken, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come out of it.
2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies; he has utterly destroyed them, he has delivered them to the slaughter.
3 Their slain shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll; and all their host shall fall down as the leaf falls off the vine, and as a fig falling from the fig tree.
5 "For my sword shall be saturated in heaven; behold, it shall come down upon Edom, and on the people of my curse, for judgment.
6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7 And the wild oxen shall fall with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust soaked with fatness."
8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of repayment for the cause of Zion.
9 And its streams shall be turned into pitch, and its dust into brimstone, and its land shall become burning pitch.
10 It shall not be quenched night or day; the smoke of it shall go up forever; from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it forever and ever.
11 But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it; the owl and the raven shall dwell in it; and he shall stretch out over it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
12 They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
13 Thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in her fortresses; and it shall be a habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.
14 The wild beasts and wild dogs will congregate there; the satyr [wild goat] shall cry to his fellows; nocturnal animals shall also rest there and find a place for themselves.
15 There the great owl shall make her nest, and lay eggs and hatch, and gather them under her shadow; there the vultures shall be gathered, everyone with her mate.
16 "Seek out of the book of the LORD, and read. Not one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate; for his mouth has commanded it, and his spirit has gathered them.
17 And he has cast the lot for them, and his hand has divided it to them by a measuring line. They shall possess it forever; from generation to generation they shall dwell in it."
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