34 Come anear, you nations, to hear;
And heed, you people!
bLet the earth hear, and all that is in it,
The world and all things that come forth from it.
And His fury against all their armies;
He has utterly destroyed them,
He has given them over to the cslaughter.
dTheir stench shall rise from their corpses,
And the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 eAll the host of heaven shall be dissolved,
And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll;
fAll their host shall fall down
As the leaf falls from the vine,
And as gfruit falling from a fig tree.
5 “For hMy sword shall be bathed in heaven;
Indeed it ishall come down on Edom,
And on the people of My curse, for judgment.
6 The jsword of the Lord is filled with blood,
It is made 1overflowing with fatness,
With the blood of lambs and goats,
With the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For kthe Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
And the young bulls with the mighty bulls;
Their land shall be soaked with blood,
And their dust 2saturated with fatness.”
8 For it is the day of the Lord’s lvengeance,
The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9 mIts streams shall be turned into pitch,
And its dust into brimstone;
Its land shall become burning pitch.
nIts smoke shall ascend forever.
oFrom generation to generation it shall lie waste;
No one shall pass through it forever and ever.
Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it.
And qHe shall stretch out over it
The line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.
But none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing.
13 And rthorns shall come up in its palaces,
Nettles and brambles in its fortresses;
sIt shall be a habitation of jackals,
A courtyard for ostriches.
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the 5jackals,
And the wild goat shall bleat to its companion;
Also 6the night creature shall rest there,
And find for herself a place of rest.
And hatch, and gather them under her shadow;
There also shall the hawks be gathered,
Every one with her mate.
16 “Search from tthe book of the Lord, and read:
Not one of these shall fail;
Not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.
And His hand has divided it among them with a measuring line.
They shall possess it forever;
From generation to generation they shall dwell in it.”
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