The sword1 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 sacrifice2 in Bozrah3 and a great slaughter4 in Edom.
And the wild oxen5 will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls.6 Their land will be drenched with blood,7 and the dust will be soaked with fat.
For the LORD has a day8 of vengeance,9 a year of retribution,10 to uphold Zion's cause.
Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur;11 her land will become blazing pitch!
It will not be quenched12 night and day; its smoke will rise forever.13 From generation to generation14 it will lie desolate;15 no one will ever pass through it again.
The desert owla16 and screech owlb will possess it; the great owlc and the raven17 will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom18 the measuring line of chaos19 and the plumb line20 of desolation.
Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes21 will vanish22 away.
Thorns23 will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds.24 She will become a haunt for jackals,25 a home for owls.2614
Desert creatures27 will meet with hyenas,28 and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures29 will also repose and find for themselves places of rest.
The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings;30 there also the falcons31 will gather, each with its mate.
Look in the scroll32 of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing,33 not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth34 that has given the order,35 and his Spirit will gather them together.