Isaiah 34 (English Standard Version)

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Judgment on the Nations

1 Draw near, 1O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it. 2 For the LORD is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has 2devoted them to destruction,a has given them over for slaughter. 3 Their slain shall be cast out, and 3the stench of their corpses shall rise; 4the mountains shall flow with their blood. 4 5All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree. 5 For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment upon 6Edom, upon the people 7I have devoted to destruction. 6 The LORD has a sword; it is sated with blood; it is gorged with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. 8For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom. 7 9Wild oxen shall 10fall with them, and 11young steers with 12the mighty bulls. Their land shall drink its fill of blood, and their soil shall be gorged with fat. 8 13For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. 9 14And the streams of Edomb shall be turned into pitch, and her soil into sulfur; her land shall become burning pitch. 10 Night and day 15it shall not be quenched; 16its smoke shall go up forever. 17From generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it forever and ever. 11 18But the hawk and the porcupinec shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. 19He shall stretch the line of 20confusiond over it, and the plumb line of emptiness. 12 Its nobles--there is no one there to call it a kingdom, and all its princes shall be nothing. 13 21Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of 22jackals, an abode for ostriches.e 14 23And wild animals shall meet with hyenas; the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; indeed, there the night birdf settles and finds for herself a resting place. 15 There the owl nests and lays and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow; indeed, there 24the hawks are gathered, each one with her mate. 16 Seek and read from the book of the LORD: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the LORD has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them. 17 25He has cast the lot for them; his hand has portioned it out to them with the line; they shall possess it forever; from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.
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