34 Draw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples! Let the earth and [a]all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it. 2 For the Lord’sindignation is against all the nations, And His wrath against all their armies; He has [b]utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter. 3 So their slain will be thrown out, And their corpses [c]will give off their stench, And the mountains will [d]be drenched with their blood. 4 And all the host of heaven will [e]wear away, And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; All their hosts will also wither away As a leaf withers from the vine, Or as one withers from the fig tree. 5 For My sword is satiated in heaven, Behold it shall descend for judgment upon Edom And upon the people whom I have devoted to destruction. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, It is [f]sated with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, With the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah And a great slaughter in the land of Edom. 7 Wild oxen will also [g]fall with them And young bulls with strong ones; Thus their land will be soaked with blood, And their dust [h]become greasy with fat. 8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the [i]cause of Zion. 9 [j]Its streams will be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone, And its land will become burning pitch. 10 It will not be quenched night or day; Its smoke will go up forever. From generation to generation it will be desolate; None will pass through it forever and ever. 11 But [k]pelican and hedgehog will possess it, And [l]owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the line of [m]desolation And the [n]plumb line of emptiness. 12 Its nobles—there is no one there Whom they may proclaim king— And all its princes will be nothing. 13 Thorns will come up in its fortified towers, Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities; It will also be a haunt of jackals And an abode of ostriches. 14 The desert creatures will meet with the [o]wolves, The [p]hairy goat also will cry to its kind; Yes, the [q]night monster will settle there And will find herself a resting place. 15 The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there, And it will hatch and gather them under its [r]protection. Yes, the [s]hawks will be gathered there, Every one with its kind.
16 Seek from the book of the Lord, and read:
Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For [t]His mouth has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them. 17 He has cast the lot for them, And His hand has divided it to them by line. They shall possess it forever; From generation to generation they will dwell in it.
Zion’s Happy Future
35 The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the [u]Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus 2 It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the Lord, The majesty of our God. 3 Encourage the [v]exhausted, and strengthen the [w]feeble. 4 Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come withvengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.” 5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the [x]Arabah. 7 The [y]scorched land will become a pool And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals, its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes. 8 A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it. 9 No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; [z]These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there, 10 And the ransomed of the Lord will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will [aa]find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
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