Isaiah 34:8
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New International Version
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause.

New Living Translation
For it is the day of the LORD's revenge, the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel.

English Standard Version
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

New American Standard Bible
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

King James Bible
For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a time of paying back Edom for its hostility against Zion.

International Standard Version
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for Zion's cause.

NET Bible
For the LORD has planned a day of revenge, a time when he will repay Edom for her hostility toward Zion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will have a day of vengeance, a year of revenge in defense of Zion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it shall be the day of the LORD's vengeance and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

King James 2000 Bible
For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion.

American King James Version
For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

American Standard Version
For Jehovah hath a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it is the day of the vengeance of the Lord, the year of recompenses of the judgment of Sion.

Darby Bible Translation
For it is the day of Jehovah's vengeance, the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

English Revised Version
For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, the year of recompence in the controversy of Zion.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

World English Bible
For Yahweh has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Young's Literal Translation
(For a day of vengeance is to Jehovah, A year of recompences for Zion's strife,)
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:1-8 Here is a prophecy of the wars of the Lord, all which are both righteous and successful. All nations are concerned. And as they have all had the benefit of his patience, so all must expect to feel his resentment. The description of bloodshed suggests tremendous ideas of the Divine judgments. Idumea here denotes the nations at enmity with the church; also the kingdom of antichrist. Our thoughts cannot reach the horrors of that awful season, to those found opposing the church of Christ. There is a time fixed in the Divine counsels for the deliverance of the church, and the destruction of her enemies. We must patiently wait till then, and judge nothing before the time. Through Christ, mercy is exercised to every believer, consistently with justice, and his name is glorified.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The day of the Lord's vengeance (comp. Isaiah 61:2 and Isaiah 63:4). In all three places the "day" of God's vengeance is contrasted with the "year" of his recompense, to show how infinite is his mercy, how short-lived, comparatively speaking, his auger. Mr. Cheyne well compares the concluding clauses of the second commandment, where "retribution is declared to descend to the third and fourth generation, but mercy to the thousandth." Recompenses for the controversy of Zion; rather, for the vindication of Zion; i.e. for the maintenance of her right in the quarrel between her and her enemies.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance,.... The time which he has appointed to take vengeance on antichrist, his 1260 days, or years; being up, in which he is to reign; these being expired, the time is come for the Lord to avenge the blood of his saints; see Revelation 18:20,

and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion; the church of God, which has been for many ages abused and injured by the antichristian powers, for which the Lord will have a controversy with them; he will appear in favour of his people, and plead the cause of Zion, and recompense their enemies for all the injuries they have done them; then they that have led into captivity shall go into captivity, and they that have killed with the sword shall be killed with it, Revelation 13:10 this will be a time of double recompence; and therefore perhaps the word is used in the plural number; it will be the time of rewarding antichrist as he has rewarded others; and it will be the time of the dead, that they shall be judged, and rewards given to God's servants the prophets, Revelation 18:6. The Targum is,

"the year of recompence, to take vengeance of judgment for the injury of Zion.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. recompenses for the controversy of Zion—that is, the year when God will retaliate on those who have contended with Zion. Her controversy is His. Edom had thought to extend its borders by laying hold of its neighbor's lands and has instigated Babylon to cruelty towards fallen Judah (Ps 137:7; Eze 36:5); therefore Edom shall suffer the same herself (La 4:21, 22). The final winding up of the controversy between God and all enemies of Him and His people is also foreshadowed (Isa 61:2; 63:4; 66:14-16; Mal 4:1, 3; 2Th 1:7, 8, 9; Re 11:18; 18:20; 19:2).

Isaiah 34:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Judgments on the Nations
7Wild oxen will also fall with them And young bulls with strong ones; Thus their land will be soaked with blood, And their dust become greasy with fat. 8For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion. 9Its streams will be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone, And its land will become burning pitch.…
Cross References
Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name."

Isaiah 13:6
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 35:4
say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

Isaiah 47:3
Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no one."

Isaiah 61:2
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

Isaiah 63:4
It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come.

Hosea 9:7
The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired person a maniac.

Joel 3:4
"Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done.
Treasury of Scripture

For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants …

Isaiah 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, …

Isaiah 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress you with their own flesh; and they …

Isaiah 59:17,18 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance …

Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Deuteronomy 32:35,41-43 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

Psalm 94:1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, …

Micah 6:1 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

Romans 2:5,8,9 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

Revelation 6:10,11 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great …

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