21 But (A)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 (B)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 But [a](A)pelican and hedgehog will possess it,
And [b]owl and raven will dwell in it;
And He will stretch over it the (B)line of [c]desolation
And the [d]plumb line of emptiness.

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  1. Isaiah 34:11 Or owl or jackdaw
  2. Isaiah 34:11 Or great horned owl
  3. Isaiah 34:11 Or formlessness
  4. Isaiah 34:11 Lit stones of void

13 Thorns will come up in its (A)fortified towers,
Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities;
It will also be a haunt of (B)jackals
And an abode of ostriches.
14 The desert (C)creatures will meet with the [a]wolves,
The [b](D)hairy goat also will cry to its kind;
Yes, the [c]night monster 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 [d]protection.
Yes, (E)the [e]hawks will be gathered there,
Every one with its kind.

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  1. Isaiah 34:14 Or howling creatures
  2. Isaiah 34:14 Or demon
  3. Isaiah 34:14 Heb Lilith
  4. Isaiah 34:15 Lit shade
  5. Isaiah 34:15 Or kites

39 “Therefore the (A)desert creatures will live there along with the jackals;
The ostriches also will live in it,
And it will (B)never again be inhabited
Or dwelt in from generation to generation.

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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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14 Flocks will lie down in her midst,
[a]All beasts which range in herds;
Both the [b](A)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 (B)exultant city
Which (C)dwells securely,
Who says in her heart,
(D)I am, and there is no one besides me.”
How she has become a (E)desolation,
A resting place for beasts!
(F)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

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