Isaiah 34:1–8

A Message for the Nations

Come here and listen, O nations of the earth.

Let the world and everything in it hear my words.

For the Lord is enraged against the nations.

His fury is against all their armies.

He will completely destroy* them,

dooming them to slaughter.

Their dead will be left unburied,

and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.

The mountains will flow with their blood.

The heavens above will melt away

and disappear like a rolled-up scroll.

The stars will fall from the sky

like withered leaves from a grapevine,

or shriveled figs from a fig tree.

And when my sword has finished its work in the heavens,

it will fall upon Edom,

the nation I have marked for destruction.

The sword of the Lord is drenched with blood

and covered with fat—

with the blood of lambs and goats,

with the fat of rams prepared for sacrifice.

Yes, the Lord will offer a sacrifice in the city of Bozrah.

He will make a mighty slaughter in Edom.

Even men as strong as wild oxen will die—

the young men alongside the veterans.

The land will be soaked with blood

and the soil enriched with fat.

For it is the day of the Lord’s revenge,

the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel.*

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