Isa 34:1
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.

Isa 34:2
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.

Isa 34:4
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
         earth perishes.

Isa 34:5
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.

Isa 34:6
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
     (g) That famous city will be consumed as a sacrifice burnt
         to ashes.

Isa 34:7
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

Isa 34:9
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,
         @Ge 19:24.

Isa 34:11
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 @Isa 13:21, Zep 2:14.
      (l) In vain will any man go about to build it again.

Isa 34:12
34:12 {m} 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.

Isa 34:14
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 @Isa 13:21.

Isa 34:15
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.

Isa 34:16
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.

Isa 34:17
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

      (s) He has given the beasts and souls Idumea for an

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