1Come near, you nations, to hear! Listen, you peoples. Let the earth and all it contains hear; the world, and everything that comes from it.
2For Yahweh is enraged against all the nations and angry with all their armies. He will devote them to destruction. He will give them over for slaughter.
3Their slain will also be cast out, and the stench of their dead bodies will come up, and the mountains will melt away by their blood.
4All of the army of the heavens will rot. The heavens will be rolled up like a scroll, and all its armies will fall like a leaf falls from off a vine and as a fig falls from the fig tree.
5For my sword will drink its fill in the heavens. Behold, it will come down on Edom and on the people I have devoted to destruction.
6Yahweh’s sword is filled with blood. It is covered with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for Yahweh has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7The wild oxen will come down with them, and the young bulls with the mighty bulls; and their land will be drunken with blood and their dust made greasy with fat.
8For Yahweh has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9Its streams will be turned into pitch, its dust into sulfur, and its land will become burning pitch.
10It will not be quenched night or day. Its smoke will go up forever. From generation to generation, it will lie waste. No one will pass through it forever and ever.
11But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it. The owl and the raven will dwell in it. He will stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plumb line of emptiness.
12Its nobles—there is no one there who they can call to the kingship—and all its princes will be nothing.
13Thorns will come up in its palaces, nettles and thistles in its fortresses, and it will be a habitation of jackals, a court for ostriches.
14The wild animals of the desert will meet with the wolves, and the wild goat will cry out to his fellow. Yes, Lillith will settle there and will find herself a place of rest.
15The arrow snake will make her nest there, and lay, hatch, and gather them under her shade. Yes, the kites will be gathered there, every one with her mate.
16Search in the scroll of Yahweh, and read; not one of these will be missing, none will lack her mate. For my mouth has commanded, and his spirit has gathered them.
17And he himself has cast the lot for them, and his hand has divided it to them with a measuring line. They will possess it forever. From generation to generation they will dwell in it.