1 Draw near, aO nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples! bLet the earth and all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it. 2 For the Lord'S aindignation is against all the nations, And His wrath against all their armies; He has butterly destroyed them, He has given them over to cslaughter. 3 So their slain will be athrown out, And their corpses will give off their bstench, And the mountains will be drenched with their cblood. 4 And aall the host of heaven will wear away, And the bsky will be rolled up like a scroll; All their hosts will also wither away As a leaf withers from the vine, Or as one withers from the fig tree. 5 For aMy sword is satiated in heaven, Behold it shall descend for judgment upon bEdom And upon the people whom I have cdevoted to destruction. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, It is sated with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, With the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in aBozrah And a great slaughter in the land of bEdom. 7 aWild oxen will also fall with them And byoung bulls with strong ones; Thus their land will be csoaked with blood, And their dust become greasy with fat. 8 For the Lord has a day of avengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion. 9 Its streams will be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into abrimstone, And its land will become burning pitch. 10 It will anot be quenched night or day; Its bsmoke will go up forever. From cgeneration to generation it will be desolate; dNone will pass through it forever and ever. 11 But apelican and hedgehog will possess it, And owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the bline of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness. 12 Its nobles--there is ano one there Whom they may proclaim king-- And all its princes will be bnothing. 13 Thorns will come up in its afortified towers, Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities; It will also be a haunt of bjackals And an abode of ostriches. 14 The desert acreatures will meet with the wolves, The ahairy goat also will cry to its kind; Yes, the 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 protection. Yes, athe hawks will be gathered there, Every one with its kind. 16 Seek from the abook of the Lord, and read: Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For bHis mouth has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them. 17 He has cast the alot for them, And His hand has divided it to them by bline. They shall possess it forever; From cgeneration to generation they will dwell in it.