Isaiah 34:11

11 The desert owl[a] and screech owl[b] will possess it; the great owl[c] and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.

Isaiah 34:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
ESV
11 But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plumb line of emptiness.
NLT
11 It will be haunted by the desert owl and the screech owl, the great owl and the raven. For God will measure that land carefully; he will measure it for chaos and destruction.
MSG
11 Vultures and skunks will police the streets; owls and crows will feel at home there. God will reverse creation. Chaos! He will cancel fertility. Emptiness!
CSB
11 The desert owl and the hedgehog will possess it, and the great owl and the raven will dwell there. [The Lord] will stretch out a measuring line and a plumb line over her for [her] destruction and chaos.

Isaiah 34:11 In-Context

9 Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch!
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.
11 The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Leviticus 11:16-18; S Deuteronomy 14:15-17; Zephaniah 2:14; Revelation 18:2
  • 2. S Genesis 8:7
  • 3. Isaiah 21:11; Ezekiel 35:15; Joel 3:19; Obadiah 1:1; Malachi 1:4
  • 4. S Genesis 1:2
  • 5. S 2 Kings 21:13; Lamentations 2:8; Amos 7:8

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  • [b]. The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  • [c]. The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
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