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Why was the sword of the LORD "covered with fat" in Isaiah 34:6-7?

Isaiah 34:5-8

Isaiah 34:1 - 17

NASB - 1 Draw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples! Let the earth and all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it. 2 For the LORD'S indignation is against all the nations, And His wrath against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The concept being spoken of here comes from the notion of sacrifice -- namely, that God would devote to sacrifice, or to destruction, the inhabitants of Idumea. With reference to that, the passage says that His sword (the instrument of slaughter) would be satiated with blood. ("It is made fat with fatness.") The allusion here is to the animal sacrifices (such as discussed in Leviticus 7) which were made for sin, in which the blood and the fat were devoted to God as an offering.

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