21 But desert creatures will lie down there,
and owls will fill the houses.
Ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will leap about.(A)
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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23 “I will make her a swampland and a region for screech owls,[a] and I will sweep her away with a broom of destruction.”

This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:23 Or hedgehogs

14 Herds will lie down in the middle of it,
every kind of wild animal.[a]
Both the desert owl[b] and the screech owl[c]
will roost in the capitals of its pillars.
Their calls will sound[d] from the window,
but devastation[e] will be on the threshold,
for He will expose the cedar work.[f]

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:14 Lit every wild animal of a nation
  2. Zephaniah 2:14 Or the pelican
  3. Zephaniah 2:14 Or the hedgehog
  4. Zephaniah 2:14 Lit sing
  5. Zephaniah 2:14 LXX, Vg read ravens
  6. Zephaniah 2:14 Hb obscure

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