1 Come near, you nations, and listen; ¶ pay attention, you peoples! ¶ Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, ¶ the world, and all that comes out of it!
2 The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. ¶ He will totally destroy [^1] them, ¶ he will give them over to slaughter.
3 Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; ¶ the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
4 All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; ¶ all the starry host will fall ¶ like withered leaves from the vine, ¶ like shriveled figs from the fig tree.
5 My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; ¶ see, it descends in judgment on Edom, ¶ the people I have totally destroyed.
6 The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat — ¶ the blood of lambs and goats, ¶ fat from the kidneys of rams. ¶ For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah ¶ and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7 And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. ¶ Their land will be drenched with blood, ¶ and the dust will be soaked with fat.
8 For the LORD has a day of vengeance, ¶ a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause.
9 Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; ¶ her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day; its smoke will rise forever. ¶ From generation to generation it will lie desolate; ¶ no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl [^2] and screech owl [^3] will possess it; the great owl [^4] and the raven will nest there. ¶ God will stretch out over Edom ¶ the measuring line of chaos ¶ and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. ¶ She will become a haunt for jackals, ¶ a home for owls.
14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; ¶ there the night creatures will also lie down ¶ and find for themselves places of rest.
15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young ¶ under the shadow of her wings; ¶ there also the falcons will gather, ¶ each with its mate.
16 Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: ¶ None of these will be missing, ¶ not one will lack her mate. ¶ For it is his mouth that has given the order, ¶ and his Spirit will gather them together.
17 He allots their portions; his hand distributes them by measure. ¶ They will possess it forever ¶ and dwell there from generation to generation.