11 Eagle owls[a] and herons[b] will possess it,
and long-eared owls and ravens will dwell there.(A)
The Lord will stretch out a measuring line
and a plumb line(B) over her
for her destruction and chaos.(C)
12 No nobles will be left to proclaim a king,
and all her princes will come to nothing.
13 Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns;
her fortified cities, with thistles and briers.(D)
She will become a dwelling for jackals,
an abode[c] for ostriches.(E)
14 The desert creatures will meet hyenas,
and one wild goat will call to another.
Indeed, the night birds will stay there
and will find a resting place.
15 Sand partridges[d] will make their nests there;
they will lay and hatch their eggs
and will gather their broods under their shadows.
Indeed, the birds of prey will gather there,
each with its mate.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. 34:11 Or Pelicans
  2. 34:11 Or hedgehogs
  3. 34:13 DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads jackals, grass
  4. 34:15 Or Arrow snakes, or Owls

14 Herds will lie down in the middle of it,
every kind of wild animal.[a]
Both eagle owls[b] and herons[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. 2:14 Lit every wild animal of a nation
  2. 2:14 Or the pelicans
  3. 2:14 Or the hedgehogs
  4. 2:14 Lit sing
  5. 2:14 LXX, Vg read ravens
  6. 2:14 Hb obscure

He called out in a mighty voice:

It has fallen,[a]
Babylon the Great has fallen!(A)
She has become a home for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
and a haunt[b] for every unclean and despicable beast.[c](B)

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Footnotes

  1. 18:2 Other mss omit It has fallen
  2. 18:2 Or prison
  3. 18:2 Other mss omit the words and a haunt for every unclean beast. The words and despicable then refer to the bird of the previous line.

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