Isaiah 34

1All you nations, come near and listen! All you people should listen closely. The earth and all the people on the earth should listen to these things. 2The Lord is angry at all the nations and their armies. The Lord will destroy them all. He will cause them all to be killed. 3Their bodies will be thrown outside. The stink will rise from the bodies, and the blood will flow down the mountains. 4The skies will be rolled shut like a scroll. And the stars will die and fall like leaves from a vine or a fig tree. All the stars in the sky will melt away. 5The Lord says, “This will happen when my sword in the sky is covered with blood.” Look! The Lord’s sword will cut through Edom. The Lord judged those people guilty, and they must die. 6Why? Because the Lord decided there should be a time for killing in Bozrah and in Edom. 7So the rams, the cattle, and the strong bulls will be killed. The land will be filled with their blood. The dirt will be covered with their fat. 8˻Those things will happen˼ because the Lord has chosen a time for punishment. The Lord has chosen a year when people must pay for the wrong things they did to Zion. 9Edom’s rivers will be like hot tar. Edom’s ground will be like burning sulfur. 10The fires will burn day and night—no person will stop the fire. The smoke will rise from Edom forever. That land will be destroyed forever and ever. No people will ever travel through that land again. 11Birds and small animals will own that land. Owls and ravens will live there. That land will be called “Empty Desert.” 12The freemen and leaders will all be gone. And there will be nothing left for them to rule. 13Thorns and wild bushes will grow in all the beautiful homes there. Wild dogs and owls will live in those homes. Wild animals will make their homes there. Big birds will live in the grasses that grow there. 14Wild cats will live there with hyenas. And wild goats will call to their friends. Night animals will look there and find a place to rest. 15Snakes will make their homes there. Snakes will lay their eggs there. The eggs will open, and small snakes will crawl from those dark places. Birds that eat dead things will gather like women visiting their friends. 16Look at the Lord’s scroll. Read what is written there. Nothing is missing. It is written in that scroll that those animals will be together. God said he will gather them together. So God’s Spirit will gather them together. 17God decided what he should do with them. Then God chose a place for them. God drew a line and showed them their land. So the animals will own that land forever. They will live there year after year.

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