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Isaiah 34 - NIV

Judgment Against the Nations


Come near, you nations, and listen;
pay attention, you peoples!
Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
the world, and all that comes out of it!

2 The Lord is angry with all nations;
his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy[a] them,
he will give them over to slaughter.

3 Their slain will be thrown out,
their dead bodies will stink;
the mountains will be soaked with their blood.

4 All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
like withered leaves from the vine,
like shriveled figs from the fig tree.


My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;
see, it descends in judgment on Edom,
the people I have totally destroyed.

6 The sword of the Lord is bathed in blood,
it is covered with fat—
the blood of lambs and goats,
fat from the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah
and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

7 And the wild oxen will fall with them,
the bull calves and the great bulls.
Their land will be drenched with blood,
and the dust will be soaked with fat.


For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.

9 Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
her dust into burning sulfur;
her land will become blazing pitch!

10 It will not be quenched night or day;
its smoke will rise forever.
From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
no one will ever pass through it again.

11 The desert owl[b] and screech owl[c] will possess it;
the great owl[d] and the raven will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom
the measuring line of chaos
and the plumb line of desolation.

12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
all her princes will vanish away.

13 Thorns will overrun her citadels,
nettles and brambles her strongholds.
She will become a haunt for jackals,
a home for owls.

14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures will also lie down
and find for themselves places of rest.

15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
she will hatch them, and care for her young
under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather,
each with its mate.

16 Look in the scroll of the Lord and read:

None of these will be missing,
not one will lack her mate.
For it is his mouth that has given the order,
and his Spirit will gather them together.

17 He allots their portions;
his hand distributes them by measure.
They will possess it forever
and dwell there from generation to generation.


a. Isaiah 34:2 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 5.
b. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
c. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
d. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.

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Chuck Musselwhite avatar
Isaiah 34-35 The Way of Holiness
Shared by: Chuck Musselwhite on Feb, 2016
Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 34-35
Series: Isaiah
Scripture: Isaiah 34:1-35:10
Views: 161
Thomas Swope avatar
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Apr, 2012
Summary: A study of the book of Isaiah 34: 1 – 17
Series: Isaiah
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Isaiah 34:1-17
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 2,245
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2010
Summary: So many fail to read the book of instructions
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 34:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,017
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jan, 2010
Summary: A need to read for all man kind.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 34:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 537
Pat Damiani avatar
A Call To Action
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Nov, 2009
Summary: Isaiah’s prophecy about the "Day of the Lord" is a call to action - not just some fascinating information.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 34:1-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,286
Anthony Smith avatar
The Controversy of Zion
Shared by: Anthony Smith on Jun, 2007
Summary: This verse in Isaiah, is one of them. “For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.”
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 34:8-10
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 728
Dr. C. David White avatar
Fulfilled Prophecy
Shared by: Dr. C. David White on Mar, 2002
Summary: Fulfilled prophecy proves that we can trust the Bible.
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 34:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,292