Woe to the Nations
Verse 1 – Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it.
Verse 2 – For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, and this furry against all their armies; has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter.
Not only to the Assyrians, but to all that come against God.
Verse 3 – Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corps, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
Verse 4 – All the hosts of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their hosts shall fall down as the leaf falls from the vine, and as fruit falling from a fig tree.
This langue points to the fact that their false gods, who are not gods at all, will suffer defeat by the stars being rolled away.
Verse 5 – “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom. And on the people of My curse, for judgment.
The Israelites were descended from Jacob, the Edomites from Jacob’s twin brother Esau.
Edom was always Israel’s bitter enemy. The destruction of Edom mentioned here is a picture of the ultimate end of all who oppose God and His people.
However, there is a spirit of Esau rising up in the West today. Esau despised his spiritual inheritance. We know this because he sold it to Jacob for a bowl of soup. He is not interested in seeking out the blessings that come from the God of Israel. He lives by the sword-force. He puts his trust in his military might. He had, has little interest in cultivating something to make it grow. He would rather take what he wants by any means he sees fit. The spirit of Esau may very well be the stereotypical hustler, or predator today. The spirit of Esau is forever angry and has a chip on their shoulder. They never repent. He is never sorry for things he has done, and so he never finds forgiveness or grace.
Verse 6 – The sword of the Lord is filled with blood it is made overflowing with fatness, and with blood of lambs and goats, with fat of kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom. (Bozrah was the capital of ancient Edom.)
Verse 7 – The wild oxen shall come down with them, and the young bulls with the mighty bulls; their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust saturated with fatness.”
Verse 8 – For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
Edom had a reputation for taking advantage of Israel whenever Israel was weak. God set a specific day for their destruction.
Verse 9 – Its streams shall be turned into pitch, and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch.
Verse 10 – It shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall ascend forever. From generation to generation it shall be waste; no one shall pass through it forever and ever.
God would punish Edom with the same type of punishment He did Sodom and Gomorrah, with pitch, and sulfur.
Verse 11 – But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it, also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. And He shall stretch out over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.
This place shall be possessed by those creatures which live in deserts and waste places.
Verse 12 – They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing.
Verse 13 – And thorns shall come up in its places, nettles and brambles (thistles) in its fortresses; it shall be a habitation of jackals, a courtyard for ostriches.
Verse 14 – The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the jackals, and the wild goats shall bleat to its companion; also the night creature shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
Verse 15 – There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs and hatch, and gather them under her shadow; there also shall the hawks be gathered, every one with her mate.
Verse 16 – “Search from the book of the Lord, and read: Not one of these shall fail; not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.
Whoever lived to see the time of Edom’s destruction would only have to look to these prophecies to find agreement between what happened and what was predicted.
Verse 17 – He has cast the lot for them, and His hand has divided it among them with a measuring line. They shall pass it forever; from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.”
The land of Canaan was divided among the Israelites and they passed it from generation to generation.