23 “I will turn her into a place for owls(A)
    and into swampland;
I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,(B)
    declares the Lord Almighty.(C)

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10 It will not be quenched(A) night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.(B)
From generation to generation(C) it will lie desolate;(D)
    no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl[a](E) and screech owl[b] will possess it;
    the great owl[c] and the raven(F) will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom(G)
    the measuring line of chaos(H)
    and the plumb line(I) of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
    all her princes(J) will vanish(K) away.
13 Thorns(L) will overrun her citadels,
    nettles and brambles her strongholds.(M)
She will become a haunt for jackals,(N)
    a home for owls.(O)
14 Desert creatures(P) will meet with hyenas,(Q)
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures(R) 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;(S)
there also the falcons(T) will gather,
    each with its mate.

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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.

29 The land trembles(A) and writhes,
    for the Lord’s purposes(B) against Babylon stand—
to lay waste(C) the land of Babylon
    so that no one will live there.(D)

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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)
38 Her people all roar like young lions,(D)
    they growl like lion cubs.
39 But while they are aroused,
    I will set out a feast for them
    and make them drunk,(E)
so that they shout with laughter—
    then sleep forever(F) and not awake,”
declares the Lord.(G)
40 “I will bring them down
    like lambs to the slaughter,
    like rams and goats.(H)

41 “How Sheshak[a](I) will be captured,(J)
    the boast of the whole earth seized!
How desolate(K) Babylon will be
    among the nations!
42 The sea will rise over Babylon;
    its roaring waves(L) will cover her.
43 Her towns will be desolate,
    a dry and desert(M) land,
a land where no one lives,
    through which no one travels.(N)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:41 Sheshak is a cryptogram for Babylon.

62 Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolate(A) forever.’

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