20 It will (A)never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;
Nor will the (B)Arab pitch his tent there,
Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
21 But (C)desert creatures will lie down there,
And their houses will be full of [a]owls;
Ostriches also will live there, and [b]shaggy goats will frolic there.
22 [c]Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers
And jackals in their luxurious (D)palaces.
Her fateful time also [d]will soon come
And her days will not be prolonged.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 13:21 Or howling creatures
  2. Isaiah 13:21 Or goat demons
  3. Isaiah 13:22 Or howling creatures
  4. Isaiah 13:22 Lit is near to come

11 “I will make Jerusalem a (A)heap of ruins,
A haunt of (B)jackals;
And I will make the cities of Judah a (C)desolation, without inhabitant.”

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22 The sound of a (A)report! Behold, it comes—
A great commotion (B)out of the land of the north—
To (C)make the cities of Judah
A desolation, a haunt of jackals.

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37 (A)Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals,
An (B)object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants.

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“Therefore, as I live,” declares the Lord of hosts,
The God of Israel,
“Surely (A)Moab will be like (B)Sodom
And the sons of (C)Ammon like (D)Gomorrah—
A place possessed by nettles and salt pits,
And a perpetual desolation.
The remnant of My people will (E)plunder them
And the remainder of My nation will inherit them.”

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13 And He will (A)stretch out His hand against the north
And destroy (B)Assyria,
And He will make (C)Nineveh a desolation,
Parched like the wilderness.
14 Flocks will lie down in her midst,
[a]All beasts which range in herds;
Both the [b](D)pelican and the hedgehog
Will lodge in [c]the tops of her pillars;
[d]Birds will sing in the window,
Desolation will be on the threshold;
For He has laid bare the cedar work.
15 This is the (E)exultant city
Which (F)dwells securely,
Who says in her heart,
(G)I am, and there is no one besides me.”
How she has become a (H)desolation,
A resting place for beasts!
(I)Everyone who passes by her will hiss
And wave his hand in contempt.

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Footnotes

  1. Zephaniah 2:14 Or All kinds of beasts in crowds; lit Every kind of beast of a nation
  2. Zephaniah 2:14 Or owl or jackdaw
  3. Zephaniah 2:14 Lit her capitals
  4. Zephaniah 2:14 Lit A voice

but I have hated Esau, and I have (A)made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.”

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