Isaiah 34:1-17 NIV

Isaiah 34:1-17 NIV [1] 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! [2] The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. [3] Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will be soaked with their blood. [4] 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. [5] My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed. [6] 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. [7] 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. [8] For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause. [9] 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 and screech owl will possess it; the great owl 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.

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