Isaiah 34 NIV

Judgment Against the Nations

1 Come near, you nations, and listen;1 pay attention, you peoples!2 Let the earth3 hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!4

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2 The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath5 is upon all their armies. He will totally destroya6 them, he will give them over to slaughter.7

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    • a 34:2 - The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 5.
      3 Their slain8 will be thrown out, their dead bodies9 will send up a stench;10 the mountains will be soaked with their blood.11

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      4 All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved12 and the sky rolled up13 like a scroll; all the starry host will fall14 like withered15 leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

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      5 My sword16 has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom,17 the people I have totally destroyed.18
      6 The sword19 of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat-- the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice20 in Bozrah21 and a great slaughter22 in Edom.

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      7 And the wild oxen23 will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls.24 Their land will be drenched with blood,25 and the dust will be soaked with fat.

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      8 For the LORD has a day26 of vengeance,27 a year of retribution,28 to uphold Zion's cause.

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      9 Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur;29 her land will become blazing pitch!

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      10 It will not be quenched30 night and day; its smoke will rise forever.31 From generation to generation32 it will lie desolate;33 no one will ever pass through it again.

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      11 The desert owlb34 and screech owlc will possess it; the great owld and the raven35 will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom36 the measuring line of chaos37 and the plumb line38 of desolation.

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        • b 34:11 - The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
        • c 34:11 - The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
        • d 34:11 - The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
          12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes39 will vanish40 away.

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          13 Thorns41 will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds.42 She will become a haunt for jackals,43 a home for owls.44

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          14 Desert creatures45 will meet with hyenas,46 and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures47 will also repose and find for themselves places of rest.

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          15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings;48 there also the falcons49 will gather, each with its mate.

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          16 Look in the scroll50 of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing,51 not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth52 that has given the order,53 and his Spirit will gather them together.

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          17 He allots their portions;54 his hand distributes them by measure. They will possess it forever and dwell there from generation to generation.55

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