21 But desert creatures(A) will lie there,
    jackals(B) will fill her houses;
there the owls(C) will dwell,
    and there the wild goats(D) will leap about.

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22 Hyenas(A) will inhabit her strongholds,(B)
    jackals(C) her luxurious palaces.
Her time is at hand,(D)
    and her days will not be prolonged.(E)

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11 The desert owl[a](A) and screech owl[b] will possess it;
    the great owl[c] and the raven(B) will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom(C)
    the measuring line of chaos(D)
    and the plumb line(E) of desolation.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.
  3. Isaiah 34:11 The precise identification of these birds is uncertain.

13 Thorns(A) will overrun her citadels,
    nettles and brambles her strongholds.(B)
She will become a haunt for jackals,(C)
    a home for owls.(D)
14 Desert creatures(E) will meet with hyenas,(F)
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures(G) 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;(H)
there also the falcons(I) will gather,
    each with its mate.

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39 “So desert creatures(A) and hyenas will live there,
    and there the owl will dwell.
It will never again be inhabited
    or lived in from generation to generation.(B)

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37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins,
    a haunt(A) of jackals,
an object of horror and scorn,(B)
    a place where no one lives.(C)

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14 Flocks and herds(A) will lie down there,
    creatures of every kind.
The desert owl(B) and the screech owl(C)
    will roost on her columns.
Their hooting will echo through the windows,
    rubble will fill the doorways,
    the beams of cedar will be exposed.

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15 This is the city of revelry(A)
    that lived in safety.(B)
She said to herself,
    “I am the one! And there is none besides me.”(C)
What a ruin she has become,
    a lair for wild beasts!(D)
All who pass by her scoff(E)
    and shake their fists.(F)

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