20 It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; Nor will the Arab pitch his tent there, Nor will shepherds allow their flocks to lie down there. 21 But desert creatures will lie down there, And their houses will be full of [a]owls; Ostriches also will live there, and [b]shaggy goats will frolic there. 22 [c]Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers And jackals in their luxurious palaces. Her fateful time also [d]will soon come, And her days will not be prolonged.
10 It will not be extinguished night or day; Its smoke will go up forever. From generation to generation it will be desolate; None will pass through it forever and ever. 11 But [a]pelican and hedgehog will possess it, And [b]owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the line of [c]desolation And the [d]plumb line of emptiness. 12 Its nobles—there is no one there Whom they may proclaim king— And all its officials will be nothing. 13 Thorns will come up in its fortified towers, Weeds and thistles in its fortified cities; It will also be a haunt of jackals And a habitat of ostriches. 14 The desert creatures will meet with the [e]wolves, The [f]goat also will cry to its kind. Yes, the [g]night-bird 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 [h]protection. Yes, the [i]hawks will be gathered there, Every one with its kind.
3 but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and given his inheritance to the jackals of the wilderness.”4 Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will [a]return and build up the ruins”; this is what the Lord of armies says: “They may build, but I will tear down; and people will call them the [b]territory of wickedness, and the people [c]with whom the Lord is indignant forever.”
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