Isaiah 34 NIV

Judgment Against the Nations

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

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2 The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroya them, he will give them over to slaughter.

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    • £ 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 slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will be soaked with their blood.

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      4 All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

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      5 My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed.
      6 The sword 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 sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

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

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      8 For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.

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

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      10 It will not be quenched night or day; its smoke will rise forever. From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever pass through it again.

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      11 The desert owlb and screech owlc will possess it; the great owld and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.

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        • ¤ 34:11 - The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
        • ¥ 34:11 - The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
        • ¦ 34:11 - The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
          12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.

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          13 Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.

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          14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also lie down 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; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate.

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

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

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