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TitleIsaiah 34
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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A Day of Wrath upon Edom (the World) (34:1–8)


34 1Come near, O nations, to hear,
and hearken, O peoples!

Let the earth and its fulness hear,
the world, and all that comes from it.

2For the LORD has wrath against all nations
and anger against all their host.

He has destroyed them,
given them to the slaughter.

3Their slain will be cast out,
and the stench of their corpses will rise;

mountains will flow from their blood,
the valleys[1] will be split.

4All the host of heaven will be dissolved,
and the heavens will roll up like a scroll,

and all their host will wither, as the leaf withers on a vine,
and like withered fruit on a fig tree.

The Lord

5For My sword is bathed in heaven;
behold, it descends upon Edom

and upon the people promised for destruction,
for judgment.


6The LORD’s sword is filled with blood;
it is gorged with fat

from the blood of lambs and goats,
from the fat of the kidneys of rams,

because the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah
and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

7And wild oxen will go down with them,
and the bulls with the mighty ones,

and their land will be drunken with blood,
and their soil will be made rich with fat.

8For it is a day of the LORD’s vengeance,
a year of recompenses for the cause of Zion.


Edom (the World) to Be Burned (34:9–15)


9And the streams {of Edom} will be turned to pitch,
and its soil to brimstone,
and its land will become burning pitch.

10Night and day it will not be extinguished;
forever its smoke will rise.

From generation to generation, it will lie waste;
none will pass through for ever and ever.

11Hawk and hedgehog will possess it,
and owl and raven will dwell in it.

And He will stretch a line of chaos over it,
and a measuring line of desolation.

12Its nobles—there is no one there to call it a kingdom,
and all its princes will be nothing.

13And thorns will come up in its palaces,
nettles and thistles in its fortresses.

It will be the habitation of jackals,
an enclosure for ostriches.

14And wild beasts will meet with hyenas,
and wild goats will call to each other;

yea, a night creature will settle
and find itself a resting place.

15An owl will nest there and lay eggs
and hatch them and gather her young in her shadow.

Yea, vultures will be gathered there,
each one with its female companion.


The Book of the Lord (34:16–17)

The Lord (to His people)

16Examine the book of the LORD,
and read [the names written therein][2].

Not one will be missing;
none will lack [their] female companion,

for My mouth has commanded,
and [My] Spirit has gathered them.

17And [I] have cast a lot for them,
and [I have] divided it to them by measuring line.

They will possess it forever;
from generation to generation, they will dwell in it.

[1] The reading of “valleys,” which completes the parallelism, comes from DSS Isaiah.

[2] The words enclosed in brackets in verses 16–17 are from the JST.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 34:1