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
(c) He speaks this in respect to man's
judgment, who in great fear and horrible troubles, think that heaven and earth
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 shedding blood.
(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 of Edom.
(f) That is, both of young and old, poor and rich
of his enemies.
(g) That famous city will be consumed as a
sacrifice burnt to ashes.
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 inferiors.
34:9 And its streams shall be
turned into pitch, and its dust into i
brimstone, and its land shall become burning pitch.
(i) He alludes to the destruction of Sodom and
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.
(k) Read (Isaiah
(l) In vain will any man go about to build it
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.
(n) Read (Isaiah
34:15 There o
shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her
shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
(o) Signifying that Idumea would be a horrible
desolation and barren wilderness.
34:16 Seek ye out of the p
book of the LORD, and read: no one of q
these shall fail, none shall lack her mate: for my r
mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.
(p) That is, in the law where such curses are
threatened against the wicked.
(q) That is, beasts and souls.
(r) That is, the mouth of the Lord.
34:17 And he hath cast the s
lot for them, and his hand hath divided it to them by line: they shall possess
it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell in it.
(s) He has given the beasts and souls Idumea for