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Judgment on the Nations

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.

2 For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations,

And His fury against all their armies;

He has utterly destroyed them,

He has given them over to the cslaughter.

3 Also their slain shall be thrown out;

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.

7 The wild oxen shall come down with them,

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.

10 It shall not be quenched night or day;

nIts smoke shall ascend forever.

oFrom generation to generation it shall lie waste;

No one shall pass through it forever and ever.

11 pBut the 3pelican and the 4porcupine shall possess it,

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.

12 They shall call its nobles to the kingdom,

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.

15 There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs

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.

17 He has cast the lot for 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.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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