God’s Wrath against Nations

Come near, you nations, to hear; and listen, you peoples!

Let the earth and [a]all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it.

For the Lord’s anger is against all the nations,

And His wrath against all their armies.

He has [b]utterly destroyed them,

He has turned them over to slaughter.

So their slain will be thrown out,

And their corpses [c]will give off their stench,

And the mountains will [d]be drenched with their blood.

And all the heavenly [e]lights will [f]wear away,

And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;

All its [g]lights will also wither away

As a leaf withers from the vine,

Or as one withers from the fig tree.

For My sword has drunk its fill in heaven;

Behold it shall descend for judgment upon Edom,

And upon the people whom I have designated for destruction.

The sword of the Lord is filled with blood,

It drips 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,

And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

Wild oxen will also [h]fall with them

And young bulls with strong ones;

So their land will be soaked with blood,

And their dust [i]become greasy with fat.

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,

A year of retribution for the [j]cause of Zion.

[k]Its streams will be turned into pitch,

And its loose earth into brimstone,

And its land will become burning pitch.

10 It will not be extinguished night or day;

Its smoke will go up forever.

From generation to generation it will be desolate;

None will pass through it forever and ever.

11 But [l]pelican and hedgehog will possess it,

And [m]owl and raven will dwell in it;

And He will stretch over it the line of [n]desolation

And the [o]plumb line of emptiness.

12 Its nobles—there is no one there

Whom they may proclaim king—

And all its officials will be nothing.

13 Thorns will come up in its fortified towers,

Weeds and thistles in its fortified cities;

It will also be a haunt of jackals

And a habitat of ostriches.

14 The desert creatures will meet with the [p]wolves,

The [q]goat also will cry to its kind.

Yes, the [r]night-bird will settle there

And will find herself a resting place.

15 The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there,

And it will hatch and gather them under its [s]protection.

Yes, the [t]hawks will be gathered there,

Every one with its kind.

16 Seek from the book of the Lord, and read:

Not one of these will be missing;

None will lack its mate.

For [u]His mouth has commanded,

And His Spirit has gathered them.

17 He has cast the lot for them,

And His hand has divided it to them by the measuring line.

They shall possess it forever;

From generation to generation they will dwell in it.


  1. Isaiah 34:1 Lit its fullness
  2. Isaiah 34:2 Lit put under the ban
  3. Isaiah 34:3 Lit their stench will go up
  4. Isaiah 34:3 Lit dissolve
  5. Isaiah 34:4 Lit host; i.e., sun, stars, etc.
  6. Isaiah 34:4 Lit rot
  7. Isaiah 34:4 Lit host; i.e., sun, stars, etc.
  8. Isaiah 34:7 Lit go down
  9. Isaiah 34:7 Lit made fat
  10. Isaiah 34:8 Or controversy
  11. Isaiah 34:9 I.e., Edom’s
  12. Isaiah 34:11 Or owl; or jackdaw
  13. Isaiah 34:11 Or great horned owl
  14. Isaiah 34:11 Or formlessness
  15. Isaiah 34:11 Lit stones of void
  16. Isaiah 34:14 Or howling creatures
  17. Isaiah 34:14 Or goat demon
  18. Isaiah 34:14 Or a demon; Heb Lilith
  19. Isaiah 34:15 Lit shade
  20. Isaiah 34:15 Or kites
  21. Isaiah 34:16 As in DSS; MT My