20 It will never be inhabited
or lived in from generation to generation;(A)
a nomad will not pitch his tent there,
and shepherds will not let their flocks rest there.
21 But desert creatures will lie down there,
and owls will fill the houses.
Ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will leap about.(B)
22 Hyenas will howl in the fortresses,
and jackals, in the luxurious palaces.
Babylon’s time is almost up;
her days are almost over.

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11 No human foot will pass through it, and no animal foot will pass through it.(A) It will be uninhabited for 40 years.

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but I hated Esau.(A) I turned his mountains into a wasteland, and gave his inheritance to the desert jackals.”(B)

Though Edom says: “We have been devastated, but we will rebuild[a] the ruins,” the Lord of Hosts says this: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country(C) and the people the Lord has cursed[b] forever.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Malachi 1:4 Or will return and build
  2. Malachi 1:4 Or Lord is angry with

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