10 It will not be quenched(A) night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.(B)
From generation to generation(C) it will lie desolate;(D)
    no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl[a](E) and screech owl[b] will possess it;
    the great owl[c] and the raven(F) will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom(G)
    the measuring line of chaos(H)
    and the plumb line(I) of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
    all her princes(J) will vanish(K) away.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  3. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.

23 Not even a remnant(A) will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.(B)

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I will turn your towns into ruins(A) and you will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.(B)

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18 Jacob will be a fire
    and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
    and they will set him on fire(A) and destroy(B) him.
There will be no survivors(C)
    from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

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Israel Doubts God’s Love

“I have loved(A) you,” says the Lord.

“But you ask,(B) ‘How have you loved us?’

“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob,(C) but Esau I have hated,(D) and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland(E) and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.(F)

Edom(G) may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild(H) the ruins.”

But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish.(I) They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.(J) You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great(K) is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’(L)

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