The Lord is angry with all nations;
    his wrath(A) is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy[a](B) them,
    he will give them over to slaughter.(C)
Their slain(D) will be thrown out,
    their dead bodies(E) will stink;(F)
    the mountains will be soaked with their blood.(G)
All the stars in the sky will be dissolved(H)
    and the heavens rolled up(I) like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall(J)
    like withered(K) leaves from the vine,
    like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

My sword(L) has drunk its fill in the heavens;
    see, it descends in judgment on Edom,(M)
    the people I have totally destroyed.(N)
The sword(O) of the Lord is bathed in blood,
    it is covered with fat—
the blood of lambs and goats,
    fat from the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice(P) in Bozrah(Q)
    and a great slaughter(R) in the land of Edom.
And the wild oxen(S) will fall with them,
    the bull calves and the great bulls.(T)
Their land will be drenched with blood,(U)
    and the dust will be soaked with fat.

For the Lord has a day(V) of vengeance,(W)
    a year of retribution,(X) to uphold Zion’s cause.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 34:2 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 5.
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15 Alas for that(A) day!
    For the day of the Lord(B) is near;
    it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 1:15 Hebrew Shaddai
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Be silent(A) before the Sovereign Lord,
    for the day of the Lord(B) is near.
The Lord has prepared a sacrifice;(C)
    he has consecrated those he has invited.

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