- Draw near, ye nations; and hearken, ye princes; let the earth hear, and they that are in it; the world, and the people that are therein.
- For the wrath of the Lord is upon all nations, and his anger upon the number of them, to destroy them, and give them up to slaughter.
- And their slain shall be cast forth, and their corpses; and their ill savour shall come up, and the mountains shall be made wet with their blood.
- And all the powers of the heavens shall melt, and the sky shall be rolled up like a scroll: and all the stars shall fall like leaves from a vine, and as leaves fall from a fig-tree.
- My sword has been made drunk in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and with judgement upon the people doomed to destruction.
- The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is glutted with fat, with the blood of goats and lambs, and with the fat of goats and rams: for the Lord has a sacrifice in Bosor, and a great slaughter in Idumea.
- And the mighty ones shall fall with them, and the rams and the bulls; and the land shall be [a] soaked with blood, and shall be filled with their fat.
- For it is the day of judgement of the Lord, and the year of the recompence of Sion in judgement.
- And her valleys shall be turned into pitch, and her land into sulphur; and her land shall be as pitch burning night and day;
- and it shall never be quenched, and her smoke shall go up: it shall be made desolate throughout her generations,
- and for a long time birds and hedgehogs, and ibises and ravens shall dwell in it: and the measuring line of desolation shall be cast over it, and [b] satyrs shall dwell in it.
- Her princes shall be no more; for her kings and her great men shall be destroyed.
- And thorns shall spring up in their cities, and in her strong holds: and they shall be habitations of [c] monsters, and a court of ostriches.
- And devils shall meet with satyrs, and they shall cry one to the other: there shall satyrs rest, having found for themselves a place of rest.
- There has the hedgehog made its nest, and the earth has safely preserved its young: there have the deer met, and seen one another's faces.
- They passed by in full number, and not one of them perished: they sought not one another; for the Lord commanded them, and his Spirit gathered them.
- And he shall cast lots for them, and his hand has portioned out their pasture, saying, Ye shall inherit the land for ever: they shall rest on it through all generations.
[a] Gr. made drunken
[b] Vide supra, 13:22
[c] Vide supra, Job 30:29; Isa 13:21, etc.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]