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Isaiah 34:8-17 (New International Version)

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8 For the LORD has a day1 of vengeance,2 a year of retribution,3 to uphold Zion's cause. 9 Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur;4 her land will become blazing pitch! 10 It will not be quenched5 night and day; its smoke will rise forever.6 From generation to generation7 it will lie desolate;8 no one will ever pass through it again. 11 The desert owla9 and screech owlb will possess it; the great owlc and the raven10 will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom11 the measuring line of chaos12 and the plumb line13 of desolation. 12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes14 will vanish15 away. 13 Thorns16 will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds.17 She will become a haunt for jackals,18 a home for owls.19 14 Desert creatures20 will meet with hyenas,21 and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures22 will also repose and find for themselves places of rest. 15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings;23 there also the falcons24 will gather, each with its mate. 16 Look in the scroll25 of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing,26 not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth27 that has given the order,28 and his Spirit will gather them together. 17 He allots their portions;29 his hand distributes them by measure. They will possess it forever and dwell there from generation to generation.30
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