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and disappear like a rolled-up scroll.
The stars will fall from the sky
like withered leaves from a grapevine,
or shriveled figs from a fig tree.
And when my sword has finished its work in the heavens,
it will fall upon Edom,
the nation I have marked for destruction.
The sword of the LORD is drenched with blood
and covered with fat—
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of rams prepared for sacrifice.
Yes, the LORD will offer a sacrifice in the city of Bozrah.
He will make a mighty slaughter in Edom.
Even men as strong as wild oxen will die—
the young men alongside the veterans.
The land will be soaked with blood
and the soil enriched with fat.
For it is the day of the LORD’s revenge,
the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel.*
The streams of Edom will be filled with burning pitch,
and the ground will be covered with fire.
This judgment on Edom will never end;
the smoke of its burning will rise forever.
The land will lie deserted from generation to generation.
No one will live there anymore.
It will be haunted by the desert owl and the screech owl,
the great owl and the raven.*
For God will measure that land carefully;
he will measure it for chaos and destruction.
It will be called the Land of Nothing,
and all its nobles will soon be gone.*
Thorns will overrun its palaces;
nettles and thistles will grow in its forts.
The ruins will become a haunt for jackals
and a home for owls.
Desert animals will mingle there with hyenas,
their howls filling the night.
Wild goats will bleat at one another among the ruins,
and night creatures* will come there to rest.
There the owl will make her nest and lay her eggs.
She will hatch her young and cover them with her wings.
And the buzzards will come,
each one with its mate.
Search the book of the LORD,
and see what he will do.
34:8 Hebrew to Zion.
Hebrew is uncertain.
34:11 The identification of some of these birds is uncertain. 34:12 The meaning of the
34:14 Hebrew Lilith, possibly a reference to a mythical demon of the night.