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1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.

12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.

13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.

Commentary for Isaiah 34

God's vengeance against the enemies of his church. (1-8) Their desolation. (9-17)1-8 Here is a prophecy of the wars of the Lord, all which are both righteous and successful. All nations are concerned. And as they have all had the benefit of his patience, so all must expect to feel his resentment. The description of bloodshed suggests tremendous ideas of the Divine judgments. Idumea here denotes the nations at enmity with the church; also the kingdom of antichrist. Our thoughts cannot reach the horrors of that awful season, to those found opposing the church of Christ. There is a time fixed in the Divine counsels for the deliverance of the church, and the destruction of her enemies. We must patiently wait till then, and judge nothing before the time. Through Christ, mercy is exercised to every believer, consistently with justice, and his name is glorified.

9-17 Those who aim to ruin the church, can never do that, but will ruin themselves. What dismal changes sin can make! It turns a fruitful land into barrenness, a crowded city into a wilderness. Let us compare all we discover in the book of the Lord, with the dealings of providence around us, that we may be more diligent in seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. What the mouth of the Lord has commanded, his Spirit will perform. And let us observe how the evidences of the truth continually increase, as one prophecy after another is fulfilled, until these awful scenes bring in more happy days. As Israel was a figure of the Christian church, so the Edomites, their bitter enemies, represent the enemies of the kingdom of Christ. God's Jerusalem may be laid in ruins for a time, but the enemies of the church shall be desolate for ever.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 34

  • Felicia
    To Ova
    God is here saying through Isaiah that He has assigned the land of this particular nation to be occupied by the beasts of the forest as their portion and their dwelling place He has marked land out as a surveyor does. The beasts are those referred to in the previous verses.
  • William
    ok verses 11 - 14 are not about demons this whole chapter is a prophecy foretelling what will happen to this world in the end . How all the kingdoms of earth will be utterly destroyed and left desolate . a habitation for different animals to gather and nest just as they do when any dwelling place is abandoned.
  • Ova
    pls explain verse 17
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX ! RESTORE ! RESTORE ! RESTORE AND BRING THY HOLY AND MIGHTY WORD TO PASS OH LORD GOD OF ISRAEL ZION GLORY AMEN AND AMEN INDEED ! SHALOM !
  • Sekasana
    verses from 11-14 means demons,evil hapits,diseases ,hostilities .disastars,terorr and other evils haunting individuals and communies and nations.
  • Matt
    This is for Tochi. Tell Christ that you accept him into your heart. Turn away from sin. Read this book and live by it. I was saved a little over a year ago and it has changed my whole life. Everybody struggles, but with Christ you can make through any thing. I will pray for you. Matt
  • Blood of animals? Surely they must represent evil angelic beings.As the zodiac signs, which are signs of principalities governing the world.
  • Tochi
    how can I be a bone again, how can I recive spirit of preyer?

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