16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl,(A) the desert owl, the osprey,

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11 The desert owl[a](A) and screech owl[b] will possess it;
    the great owl[c] and the raven(B) will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom(C)
    the measuring line of chaos(D)
    and the plumb line(E) of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
    all her princes(F) will vanish(G) away.
13 Thorns(H) will overrun her citadels,
    nettles and brambles her strongholds.(I)
She will become a haunt for jackals,(J)
    a home for owls.(K)
14 Desert creatures(L) will meet with hyenas,(M)
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures(N) 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;(O)
there also the falcons(P) will gather,
    each with its mate.

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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.

14 Flocks and herds(A) will lie down there,
    creatures of every kind.
The desert owl(B) and the screech owl(C)
    will roost on her columns.
Their hooting will echo through the windows,
    rubble will fill the doorways,
    the beams of cedar will be exposed.

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