Isaías 34

1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and ye people, hearken: let the earth hear, and all that filleth it; the world, and all things that spring forth of it.

2 For the indignation of the Lord is enkindled over all the nations, and his fury over all their army: he hath devoted them, he hath given them up to the slaughter:

3 And their slain also shall be cast out, and as regardeth their carcasses their stench shall ascend upward, and the mountains shall be melted through their blood.

4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together like a book: and all their host shall wither, as the leaf withereth from the vine, and as withering fruit from the fig–tree.

5 For my sword is sated in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Edom, and upon the people I have devoted to punishment.

6 The sword of the Lord is full of blood, it is enriched with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

7 And wild oxen shall sink down with them, and steers with bullocks; and their land shall be sated with blood, and their dust enriched with fat.

8 For it is the day of vengeance unto the Lord, and the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion.

9 And its brooks shall be changed into pitch, and its dust into sulfur, and its land shall become burning pitch.

10 Night and day shall it not be quenched; for ever shall ascend the smoke thereof: from generation to generation shall it lie waste; no one shall for ever and ever pass through it.

11 But pelican and hedgehog shall take possession of it; night–owl also and raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out over it the line of destruction, and the weights of desolation.

12 Their nobles––no one is there they could call to the kingdom, and all its princes shall be no more.

13 And thorns shall spring up in its palaces, nettles and brambles in its fortresses: and it shall be a habitation of monsters, and a court for ostriches.

14 And the martens shall meet with the jackals, and one goat shall call to his fellow; only the screech–owl shall rest there, and find for herself a place of repose.

15 There shall nestle the arrow–snake, and lay eggs, and hatch, and gather its young under its shadow: only vultures shall assemble there, every one with her mate.

16 Inquire out of the book of the Lord, and read: not one of these shall be absent, not one shall miss her mate; for my mouth it is that hath ordained it, and its breath it is that hath gathered them.

17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it out unto them by the measuring line: for ever shall they possess it, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.