34:1 Come near, ye a nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people:
let the earth hear, and all that is in it; the world, and
all things that spring from it.
(a) He prophecies of the destruction of the Edomites and
other nations which were enemies to the Church.
34:2 For the indignation of the LORD [is] upon all nations, and
[his] fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly b
destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
(b) God has determined in his counsel and has given
sentence for their destruction.
34:4 And all the host of heaven c shall be dissolved, and the
heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their
hosts shall fall down, as the leaf falleth from the vine,
and as a falling [fig] from the fig tree.
(c) He speaks this in respect to man's judgment, who in
great fear and horrible troubles, think that heaven and
34:5 For my sword shall be d bathed in heaven: behold, it
shall come down upon Edom, and upon the people of e my
curse, to judgment.
(d) I have determined in my secret counsel and in the
heavens to destroy them till my sword is weary with
(e) They had an opinion of holiness, because they came from
the patriarch Isaac, but in effect were cursed by God,
and enemies to his Church as the papists are.
34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat
with fatness, [and] with the blood of f lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a
sacrifice in g Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land
(f) That is, both of young and old, poor and rich of his
(g) That famous city will be consumed as a sacrifice burnt
34:7 And the h unicorns shall come down with them, and the
bulls with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with
blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.
(h) The mighty and rich will be as well destroyed as the
34:9 And its streams shall be turned into pitch, and its dust
into i brimstone, and its land shall become burning
(i) He alludes to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,
34:11 But the cormorant k 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 l confusion, and the
stones of emptiness.
34:12m They shall call her nobles to the kingdom, but none
[shall be] there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
(m) Meaning, here will be neither order nor policy nor
state of commonwealth.
34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also n meet with the
wild beasts of the isle, and the satyr shall cry to his
fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find
for herself a place of rest.