|Draw near, O nations, to hear, |
and hearken, O peoples!
Let the earth listen, and all that fills it;
the world, and all that comes from it.
|God will punish his enemies. Is.34.1-17|
|For the LORD is enraged against all the nations, |
and furious against all their host,
he has doomed them, has given them over for slaughter.
|Their slain shall be cast out, |
and the stench of their corpses shall rise;
the mountains shall flow with their blood.
|All the host of heaven shall rot away, |
and the skies roll up like a scroll.
All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine,
like leaves falling from the fig tree.
|For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; |
behold, it descends for judgment upon Edom,
upon the people I have doomed.
|The LORD has a sword; it is sated with blood, |
it is gorged with fat,
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
|Wild oxen shall fall with them, |
and young steers with the mighty bulls.
Their land shall be soaked with blood,
and their soil made rich with fat.
|For the LORD has a day of vengeance, |
a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
|And the streams of Edom shall be turned into pitch, |
and her soil into brimstone;
her land shall become burning pitch.
|Night and day it shall not be quenched; |
its smoke shall go up for ever.
From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
|But the hawk and the porcupine shall possess it, |
the owl and the raven shall dwell in it.
He shall stretch the line of confusion over it,
and the plummet of chaos over its nobles.
|They shall name it No Kingdom There, |
and all its princes shall be nothing.
|Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, |
nettles and thistles in its fortresses.
It shall be the haunt of jackals,
an abode for ostriches.
|And wild beasts shall meet with hyenas, |
the satyr shall cry to his fellow;
yea, there shall the night hag alight,
and find for herself a resting place.
|There shall the owl nest and lay and hatch |
and gather her young in her shadow;
yea, there shall the kites be gathered,
each one with her mate.
|Seek and read from the book of the LORD: |
Not one of these shall be missing;
none shall be without her mate.
For the mouth of the LORD has commanded,
and his Spirit has gathered them.
|He has cast the lot for them, |
his hand has portioned it out to them with the line;
they shall possess it for ever,
from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.
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