34 All you nations, come near and listen. Pay attention, you peoples! The earth and ·everything in it [all it contains] should listen, the world and all ·the people in it [its offspring]. 2 The Lord is angry with all the nations; he is ·angry [furious] with their armies. He will ·destroy them [devote them to destruction; Josh. 6:21] and ·kill them all [turn them over for slaughter]. 3 Their bodies will be thrown outside. The ·stink [stench] will rise from the ·bodies [corpses], and the blood will flow down the mountains. 4 ·The sun, moon, and stars [L All the hosts/armies of heaven] will dissolve [Joel 2:31; Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20; Rev. 6:13–14], and the ·sky [heavens] will be rolled up like a scroll. ·The stars [L All their hosts] will fall like dead leaves from a vine or dried-up figs from a fig tree. 5 The Lord’s sword in the ·sky [heavens] ·is covered with [has drunk its fill of] blood. It will ·cut through [L descend upon] Edom and ·destroy those people as an offering to the Lord[on the people who are devoted to destruction for judgment; v. 2; Josh. 6:21]. 6 The Lord’s sword will be covered with blood; it will be covered with fat, with the blood from lambs and goats, with the fat from the kidneys of ·sheep [rams]. This is because the Lord ·decided there will be [L has] a sacrifice in Bozrah [C the capital of Edom] and ·much killing [a great slaughter] in the land of Edom. 7 The wild oxen will ·be killed [L fall with them], and the ·cattle [or young bulls] and the strong ·bulls [L ones; C perhaps referring to Edom’s leaders]. The land will ·be filled with [drink its fill of] their blood, and the dirt will be covered with their fat.
8 The Lord has chosen a time for punishment. He has chosen a year ·when people must pay [of retribution/recompense] for the ·wrongs they did to [or the cause of] ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple]. 9 Edom’s rivers will be like ·hot tar [pitch]. Its ·dirt [dust] will be like ·burning sulfur [T brimstone]. Its land will be like burning ·tar [pitch]. 10 The fires will ·burn [L not be quenched] night and day; the smoke will rise from Edom forever. ·Year after year [L From generation to generation] that land will be ·empty [desolate]; no one will ever ·travel [pass] through that land again. 11 ·Birds [Desert owls; or Pelicans] and ·small animals [screech owl; or porcupine] will own that land, and owls and ravens will live there. ·God [L He] will ·make it an empty wasteland [L stretch over it a measuring line of confusion/chaos]; ·it will have nothing left in it [L and the plumb line of desolation; C like a careful craftsman, God has planned Edom’s judgment]. 12 The ·important people [nobles] will have ·no one left to rule them [or nothing to call a kingdom]; the ·leaders [officials; princes] will ·all be gone [or be nothing]. 13 Thorns will ·take over [overrun] the ·strong towers [strongholds; citadels], and wild bushes will grow in the ·walled cities [fortresses]. It will be a home for ·wild dogs [jackals] and a place for ·owls [or ostriches] to live. 14 Desert animals will live with the hyenas, and wild goats will call to their friends. Night animals will live there and find a place of rest. 15 Owls will nest there and lay eggs. When they hatch open, the owls will gather their young under their ·wings [L shadow]. Hawks will gather with ·their own kind [or its mate].
16 ·Look at [L Search] the Lord’s scroll and read what is written there:
None of these will be missing; none will be without its mate. ·God [L For his mouth] has given the command, so his Spirit will gather them together. 17 God has ·divided the land among [or cast the lot for] them, and he has ·given [measured to] them each their portion. So they will ·own [possess] that land forever and will live there ·year after year [from generation to generation].
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