By: Steve Negley

Posted: June 6, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

Isaiah 34

Judgment on the Nations

34 Draw near, O nations, to hear;
O peoples, give heed!
Let the earth hear and all that fills it,
the world and all that comes from it.
For the Lord is enraged against all the nations
and furious against all their hordes;
he has doomed them, has given them over for slaughter.
Their slain shall be cast out,
and the stench of their corpses shall rise;
the mountains shall flow with their blood.
All the host of heaven shall rot away,
and the skies roll up like a scroll.
All their host shall wither
like a leaf withering on a vine
or fruit withering on a fig tree.

When my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens,
upon Edom it will fall,
upon the people I have doomed to judgment.
The Lord has a sword; it is sated with blood;
it is gorged with fat,
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
Wild oxen shall fall with them
and young steers with the mighty bulls.
Their land shall be soaked with blood,
and their soil made rich with fat.

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of vindication for Zion’s cause.[
And the streams of Edom[
b] shall be turned into pitch
and her soil into sulfur;
her land shall become burning pitch.
10 Night and day it shall not be quenched;
its smoke shall go up forever.
From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
no one shall pass through it forever and ever.
11 But the desert owl[
c] and the screech owl[d] shall possess it;
the great owl and the raven shall live in it.
He shall stretch the line of confusion
and the plummet of chaos over it.
12 They shall call its nobles No Kingdom There,
and all its princes shall be nothing.
13 Thorns shall grow over its strongholds,
nettles and thistles in its fortresses.
It shall be the haunt of jackals,
an abode for ostriches.
14 Wildcats shall meet with hyenas;
goat-demons shall call to each other;
there also Lilith shall repose
and find a place to rest.
15 There shall the owl nest
and lay and hatch and brood in its shadow;
there also the buzzards shall gather,
each one with its mate.
16 Seek and read from the book of the Lord:
Not one of these shall be missing;
none shall be without its mate.
For his mouth, it has commanded,
and his spirit, it has gathered them.
17 He has cast the lot for them;
his hand has portioned it out to them with the line.
They shall possess it;
from generation to generation they shall live in it.

I have never held hyenas in high regard. (And when I think of some of the kid’s Disney movies I’ve enjoyed, like The Lion King, they haven’t either.) And I guess we are in good company with Isaiah.

This judgement passage is pretty stern. Let’s each get going in the right direction, so that we aren’t made to hang out with the hyenas (and the goat-demons!)


God, you have been overly patient with your creation. Thank you for withholding your ultimate judgement, and sharing grace with me through my Lord and Savior, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.