Isaiah 34

Judgment on the Nations

1 Come a near, you nations, to hear;
And heed, you people!
b Let 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 c slaughter.
3 Also their slain shall be thrown out;
d Their stench shall rise from their corpses,
And the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 e All the host of heaven shall be dissolved,
And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll;
f All their host shall fall down
As the leaf falls from the vine,
And as g fruit falling from a fig tree.

5 "For h My sword shall be bathed in heaven;
Indeed it i shall come down on Edom,
And on the people of My curse, for judgment.
6 The j sword of the LORD is filled with blood,
It is made 1 overflowing with fatness,
With the blood of lambs and goats,
With the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For k the 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 2 saturated with fatness."

8 For it is the day of the LORD's l vengeance,
The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9 m Its 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;
n Its smoke shall ascend forever.
o From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
No one shall pass through it forever and ever.
11 p But the 3 pelican and the 4 porcupine shall possess it,
Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it.
And q He 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 r thorns shall come up in its palaces,
Nettles and brambles in its fortresses;
s It shall be a habitation of jackals,
A courtyard for ostriches.
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the 5 jackals,
And the wild goat shall bleat to its companion;
Also 6 the 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 t the 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."

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 49:1
    Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world.
    Isaiah 41:1
    Keep silence before Me, O coastlands, And let the people renew their strength! Let them come near, then let them speak; Let us come near together for judgment.
    Isaiah 43:9
    Let all the nations be gathered together, And let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, And show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; Or let them hear and say, " It is truth.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:1
    Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
    Isaiah 1:2
    Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 13:5
    They come from a far country, From the end of heaven - The LORD and His weapons of indignation, To destroy the whole land.
  4. Cross References
    Joel 2:20
    "But I will remove far from you the northern army, And will drive him away into a barren and desolate land, With his face toward the eastern sea And his back toward the western sea; His stench will come up, And his foul odor will rise, Because he has done monstrous things."
    Amos 4:10
    I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; Your young men I killed with a sword, Along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 102:26
    They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, the...
    Isaiah 13:13
    Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the ear...
    Ezekiel 32:7
    When I put out your light, I will cover the hea...
    Ezekiel 32:8
    All the bright lights of the heavens I will mak...
    Joel 2:31
    The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the ...
    Matthew 24:29
    Immediately after the tribulation of those days...
    2 Peter 3:10
    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in...
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:12
    How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
  7. Cross References
    Revelation 6:12 - 14
    I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:41
    If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me.
    Deuteronomy 32:42
    I will make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword shall devour flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the heads of the leaders of the enemy."
    Jeremiah 46:10
    For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, A day of vengeance, That He may avenge Himself on His adversaries. The sword shall devour; It shall be satiated and made drunk with their blood; For the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice In the north country by the River Euphrates.
    Ezekiel 21:3 - 5
    And say to the land of Israel, 'Thus says the LORD: "Behold, I am against you, and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off both righteous and wicked from you.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:1
    Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garm...
    Jeremiah 49:7
    Against Edom. Thus says the LORD of hosts: " Is...
    Jeremiah 49:8
    Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabit...
    Jeremiah 49:20
    Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD that He ...
    Ezekiel 25:12 - 14
    'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because of what Edom ...
    Ezekiel 35:1 - 15
    Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
    Amos 1:11
    Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions o...
    Amos 1:12
    But I will send a fire upon Teman, Which shall ...
    Obadiah 1:1
    The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD c...
    Malachi 1:4
    Even though Edom has said, "We have been impove...
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 66:16
    For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; And the slain of the LORD shall be many.
  11. Cross References
    Zephaniah 1:7
    Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:4
    For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:23
    'The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His anger and His wrath.'
    Psalms 11:6
    Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup.
    Isaiah 30:33
    For Tophet was established of old, Yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made it deep and large; Its pyre is fire with much wood; The breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, Kindles it.
  14. Cross References
    Revelation 14:11
    "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
    Revelation 18:18
    "and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like this great city?'
    Revelation 19:3
    Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 13:20 - 22
    It will never be inhabited, Nor will it be settled from generation to generation; Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
    Isaiah 24:1
    Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
    Isaiah 34:10 - 15
    It shall not be quenched night or day; Its smoke shall ascend forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; No one shall pass through it forever and ever.
    Malachi 1:3
    But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness.
    Malachi 1:4
    Even though Edom has said, "We have been impoverished, But we will return and build the desolate places," Thus says the LORD of hosts: "They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, And the people against whom the LORD will have indignation forever.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:23
    I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, And marshes of muddy water; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the LORD of hosts.
    Zephaniah 2:14
    The herds shall lie down in her midst, Every beast of the nation. Both the pelican and the bittern Shall lodge on the capitals of her pillars; Their voice shall sing in the windows; Desolation shall be at the threshold; For He will lay bare the cedar work.
    Revelation 18:2
    And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
  17. Cross References
    2 Kings 21:13
    And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.
    Lamentations 2:8
    The LORD has purposed to destroy The wall of the daughter of Zion. He has stretched out a line; He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying; Therefore He has caused the rampart and wall to lament; They languished together.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 32:13
    On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city.
    Hosea 9:6
    For indeed they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver; Thorns shall be in their tents.
  19. Cross References
    Isaiah 13:21
    But wild beasts of the desert will lie there, And their houses will be full of owls; Ostriches will dwell there, And wild goats will caper there.
  20. Cross References
    Malachi 3:16
    Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name.
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