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Isaiah 34 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The Fall of Edom Is a Glimpse of the Lord’s Judgment

    Come close, you nations, and listen.
Pay attention, you people.
    The earth, everyone in it,
    the world, and everything on it will listen.
The Lord is angry with all the nations.
He is furious with all their armies.
    He has claimed them for destruction.
    He has handed them over to be slaughtered.
        Their dead bodies will be thrown out.
            A stench will rise from their corpses.
                Mountains will be red with their blood.
All the stars in the sky will rot.
    The heavens will be rolled up like a scroll.
The stars will fall
    like leaves from a grapevine,
    like green figs from a fig tree.
When my sword is covered with blood in the heavens,
    it will fall on Edom
        and on the people I’ve claimed for destruction.
The Lord’s sword is covered with blood.
    It is covered with fat,
        with the blood of lambs and goats,
        with the fat of rams’ kidneys.
The Lord will receive a sacrifice in Bozrah,
    a huge slaughter in the land of Edom.
Wild oxen will be killed with them,
    young bulls along with rams.
Their land will be drenched with blood.
Their dust will be covered with fat.

The Lord will have a day of vengeance,
    a year of revenge in defense of Zion.
Edom’s streams will be turned to tar.
    Its soil will be turned to burning sulfur.
    Its land will become blazing tar.
10         They will not be extinguished day or night,
            and smoke will always go up from them.
Edom will lie in ruins for generations.
    No one will ever travel through it.
11         Pelicans and herons will take possession of the land.
        Owls and crows will live there.
He will stretch the measuring line of chaos
    and the plumb line of destruction over it.
12 There are no nobles to rule a kingdom.
    All of its princes have disappeared.
13 Its palaces are covered with thorns.
Its fortresses have nettles and thistles.
    It will become a home for jackals
        and a place for ostriches.
14             Hyenas will meet with jackals.
            Male goats will call to their mates.
            Screech owls will rest there
                and find a resting place for themselves.
15             Owls will make their nests there, lay eggs, and hatch them.
                They will gather their young
                    in the shadow of their wings.
            Vultures also will gather there,
                each one with its mate.

16 Search the Lord’s book, and read it.
    Not one of these animals will be missing.
    Not one will lack a mate,
        because the Lord has commanded it,
            and his Spirit will gather them together.
17 He is the one who throws dice for them,
    and his hand divides up the land for them with a measuring line.
They will possess it permanently
    and live there for generations.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Isaiah 34 New International Version (NIV)

Judgment Against the Nations

34 Come near, you nations, and listen;
    pay attention, you peoples!
Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
    the world, and all that comes out of it!
The Lord is angry with all nations;
    his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy[a] them,
    he will give them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
    their dead bodies will stink;
    the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
    and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
    like withered leaves from the vine,
    like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;
    see, it descends in judgment on Edom,
    the people I have totally destroyed.
The sword of the Lord is bathed in blood,
    it is covered with fat—
the blood of lambs and goats,
    fat from the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah
    and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
And the wild oxen will fall with them,
    the bull calves and the great bulls.
Their land will be drenched with blood,
    and the dust will be soaked with fat.

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
    a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
    her dust into burning sulfur;
    her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.
From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
    no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl[b] and screech owl[c] will possess it;
    the great owl[d] and the raven will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom
    the measuring line of chaos
    and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
    all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels,
    nettles and brambles her strongholds.
She will become a haunt for jackals,
    a home for owls.
14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures will also lie down
    and find for themselves places of rest.
15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
    she will hatch them, and care for her young
    under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather,
    each with its mate.

16 Look in the scroll of the Lord and read:

None of these will be missing,
    not one will lack her mate.
For it is his mouth that has given the order,
    and his Spirit will gather them together.
17 He allots their portions;
    his hand distributes them by measure.
They will possess it forever
    and dwell there from generation to generation.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 34:2 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 5.
  2. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  3. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  4. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
New International Version (NIV)

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