Isaiah 34

Judgment on the Nations

1 Come near, nations, to hear; and peoples, listen attentively! Let the earth hear, and that which fills it; [the] world and all its offspring.
2 For [the] anger of Yahweh [is] against all the nations, and [his] wrath [is] against all their armies; he has put them under a ban, he has given them up for slaughter.
3 And their slain shall be cast out; as for their corpses, their stench shall go up. And [the] mountains shall melt with their blood,
4 and all the host of heaven shall rot. And the skies shall roll up like [a] scroll, and all their host shall wither like the withering of a leaf from a vine, or like [the] withering from a fig tree.
5 When my sword is drenched in the heavens, look! It will descend upon Edom, and upon the people of my ban, for judgment.
6 {Yahweh has a sword}; it is full [of] blood. It is covered with fat, with [the] blood of lambs and goats, with [the] fat of [the] kidneys of rams, for {Yahweh has a sacrifice} in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7 And wild oxen shall go down with them, and steers with strong bulls. And their land shall be drenched with blood, and their soil shall be fattened with fat.
8 For {Yahweh has a day of vengeance}, a year of retribution for the strife of Zion.
9 And its streams shall be changed to pitch and its soil to sulfur, and its land shall become like burning pitch.
10 Night and day it shall not be quenched; its smoke shall go up forever. From generation to generation it shall be in ruins; forever and ever there will be no one who passes through her.
11 But [the] large bird and [the] hedgehog shall take possession of it, and [the] owl and [the] raven shall live in it. And he shall stretch [the] measuring line of confusion out over it, and [the] plumb line of emptiness.
12 Its nobles--but no kingdom is there--shall call, and all its princes shall be nothing.
13 And thorns shall go up her citadel fortress, weeds and thistle plants in her fortresses; and it shall be [the] settlement of jackals, green grass for [the] daughters of an ostrich.
14 And desert creatures shall meet with hyenas, and a goat-demon shall call to his neighbor; surely there Lilith shall repose, and she shall find a resting place for herself.
15 There [the] owl shall nest and lay and hatch and care for her chicks in her shadow; surely there [the] birds of prey shall be gathered, each one [with] her mate.
16 Seek from the book of Yahweh and {read}; none of these shall be missing; none shall miss her mate. For my mouth {is the one that} has commanded, and his spirit {is the one that} has gathered them.
17 And he {is the one that} has cast [the] lot for them, and his hand has apportioned it to them with the measuring line; they shall take possession of it forever, they shall live in it {from generation to generation}.
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