Isaiah 34:13
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.

New Living Translation
Thorns will overrun its palaces; nettles and thistles will grow in its forts. The ruins will become a haunt for jackals and a home for owls.

English Standard Version
Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches.

New American Standard Bible
Thorns will come up in its fortified towers, Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities; It will also be a haunt of jackals And an abode of ostriches.

King James Bible
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns; her fortified cities, with thistles and briers. She will become a dwelling for jackals, an abode for ostriches.

International Standard Version
Thorns will grow over its palaces, nettles and brambles its fortresses. It will become a haunt for jackals, a home for ostriches.

NET Bible
Her fortresses will be overgrown with thorns; thickets and weeds will grow in her fortified cities. Jackals will settle there; ostriches will live there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Its palaces are covered with thorns. Its fortresses have nettles and thistles. It will become a home for jackals and a place for ostriches.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof; and it shall be a habitation of dragons and a court for young owls.

King James 2000 Bible
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in its fortresses: and it shall be a habitation of jackals, and a court for ostriches.

American King James Version
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

American Standard Version
And thorns shall come up in its palaces, nettles and thistles in the fortresses thereof; and it shall be a habitation of jackals, a court for ostriches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thorns and nettles shall grow up in its houses, and the thistle in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be the habitation of dragons, and the pasture of ostriches.

Darby Bible Translation
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in her fortresses; and it shall be a dwelling-place of wild dogs, a court for ostriches.

English Revised Version
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and thistles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of jackals, a court for ostriches.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in her fortresses, and it shall be a habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

World English Bible
Thorns will come up in its palaces, nettles and thistles in its fortresses; and it will be a habitation of jackals, a court for ostriches.

Young's Literal Translation
And gone up her palaces have thorns, Nettle and bramble are in her fortresses, And it hath been a habitation of dragons, A court for daughters of an ostrich.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:9-17 Those who aim to ruin the church, can never do that, but will ruin themselves. What dismal changes sin can make! It turns a fruitful land into barrenness, a crowded city into a wilderness. Let us compare all we discover in the book of the Lord, with the dealings of providence around us, that we may be more diligent in seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. What the mouth of the Lord has commanded, his Spirit will perform. And let us observe how the evidences of the truth continually increase, as one prophecy after another is fulfilled, until these awful scenes bring in more happy days. As Israel was a figure of the Christian church, so the Edomites, their bitter enemies, represent the enemies of the kingdom of Christ. God's Jerusalem may be laid in ruins for a time, but the enemies of the church shall be desolate for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Thorns shall come up in her palaces. The "palaces" of Bozrah are mentioned also by Amos (Amos 1:12), and are threatened with destruction by fire. Amid their ruins should grow up thorns and briars. It shall be an habitation of dragons; or, of jackals (see the comment on Isaiah 13:22). Owls; literally, daughters of screaming - a description better suited to the owl than to the ostrich, which some regard as the bird meant.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thorns shall come up in her palaces,.... Where their kings and princes dwelt, and kept their courts, popes and cardinals; here will be the tokens of God's curse, as thorns are, these being the people of his curse, as in Isaiah 34:5,

nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof; alluding to "Bozrah" which signifies a fortress; referring to the towers and fortifications of the city of Rome, and all other fortified cities within its jurisdiction:

and it shall be a habitation of dragons; literally, as it figuratively had been the seat of the old dragon, the devil, and of the beast to whom the dragon gave his power, seat, and authority; and who, though he looked like a lamb, spoke like a dragon, Revelation 12:3,

and a court for owls; or, "daughters of the owl"; or "ostriches", as some render it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. dragons—(See on [758]Isa 13:21; [759]Isa 13:22).

court for owls—rather, "a dwelling for ostriches."

Isaiah 34:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Judgments on the Nations
12Its nobles-- there is no one there Whom they may proclaim king-- And all its princes will be nothing. 13Thorns will come up in its fortified towers, Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities; It will also be a haunt of jackals And an abode of ostriches. 14The desert creatures will meet with the wolves, The hairy goat also will cry to its kind; Yes, the night monster will settle there And will find herself a resting place.…
Cross References
Revelation 18:2
With a mighty voice he shouted: "'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!' She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.

Psalm 44:19
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep darkness.

Isaiah 13:22
Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.

Isaiah 25:2
You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 32:13
and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers-- yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.

Isaiah 32:14
The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,

Isaiah 35:7
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

Jeremiah 9:11
"I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will lay waste the towns of Judah so no one can live there."

Jeremiah 10:22
Listen! The report is coming-- a great commotion from the land of the north! It will make the towns of Judah desolate, a haunt of jackals.

Lamentations 4:3
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.
Treasury of Scripture

And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

thorns

Isaiah 32:13,14 On the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yes, on …

Hosea 9:6 For, see, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather …

Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely …

an habitation

Isaiah 13:21,22 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall …

Isaiah 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land …

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will …

Jeremiah 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out …

Jeremiah 49:33 And Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons, and a desolation for ever: …

Jeremiah 50:39,40 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the …

Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an …

Malachi 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for …

Revelation 18:2,20-24 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

owls. or, ostriches. Heb. daughters of the owl

Jump to Previous
Abode Brambles Citadels Cities Court Dogs Dragons Dwelling-Place Enclosure Fair Fortified Fortresses Foxes Grow Habitation Haunt Holes Houses Jackals Meeting-Place Nettle Nettles Ostriches Overrun Owls Palaces Plants Strongholds Thereof Thistles Thorns Towers Waste Wild Wild-Dogs
Jump to Next
Abode Brambles Citadels Cities Court Dogs Dragons Dwelling-Place Enclosure Fair Fortified Fortresses Foxes Grow Habitation Haunt Holes Houses Jackals Meeting-Place Nettle Nettles Ostriches Overrun Owls Palaces Plants Strongholds Thereof Thistles Thorns Towers Waste Wild Wild-Dogs
Links
Isaiah 34:13 NIV
Isaiah 34:13 NLT
Isaiah 34:13 ESV
Isaiah 34:13 NASB
Isaiah 34:13 KJV

Isaiah 34:13 Bible Apps
Isaiah 34:13 Bible Suite
Isaiah 34:13 Biblia Paralela
Isaiah 34:13 Chinese Bible
Isaiah 34:13 French Bible
Isaiah 34:13 German Bible

Alphabetical: a abode also an and be become brambles citadels cities come for fortified haunt her home in It its jackals nettles of ostriches overrun owls She strongholds thistles Thorns towers up will

OT Prophets: Isaiah 34:13 Thorns will come up in its palaces (Isa Isi Is) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Isaiah 34:12
Top of Page
Top of Page