Isaiah 34:9
New International Version
Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch!

New Living Translation
The streams of Edom will be filled with burning pitch, and the ground will be covered with fire.

English Standard Version
And the streams of Edom shall be turned into pitch, and her soil into sulfur; her land shall become burning pitch.

Berean Study Bible
Edom’s streams will be turned to tar, and her soil to sulfur; her land will become a blazing pitch.

King James Bible
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

New King James Version
Its streams shall be turned into pitch, And its dust into brimstone; Its land shall become burning pitch.

New American Standard Bible
Its streams will be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone, And its land will become burning pitch.

NASB 1995
Its streams will be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone, And its land will become burning pitch.

NASB 1977
And its streams shall be turned into pitch, And its loose earth into brimstone, And its land shall become burning pitch.

Amplified Bible
The streams [of Edom] will be turned into pitch, And its dust into brimstone, And its land will become burning pitch.

Christian Standard Bible
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch, her soil into sulfur; her land will become burning pitch.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her soil into sulfur; her land will become burning pitch.

American Standard Version
And the streams of Edom'shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And its streams shall be turned to pitch, and its dust to brimstone, and its land shall be burning pitch

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And her valleys shall be turned into pitch, and her land into sulphur; and her land shall be as pitch burning night and day;

Contemporary English Version
Edom's streams will turn into tar and its soil into sulfur--then the whole country will go up in flames.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the ground thereof into brimstone: and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

English Revised Version
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Good News Translation
The rivers of Edom will turn into tar, and the soil will turn into sulfur. The whole country will burn like tar.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Edom's streams will be turned to tar. Its soil will be turned to burning sulfur. Its land will become blazing tar.

International Standard Version
Edom's streams will be turned into burning sulfur, and its dust into sulfur; its land will become pitch.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, And the dust thereof into brimstone, And the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Literal Standard Version
And her streams have been turned to pitch, "" And her dust to brimstone, "" And her land has become burning pitch.

NET Bible
Edom's streams will be turned into pitch and her soil into brimstone; her land will become burning pitch.

New Heart English Bible
Its streams will be turned into pitch, its dust into sulfur, And its land will become burning pitch.

World English Bible
Its streams will be turned into pitch, its dust into sulfur, And its land will become burning pitch.

Young's Literal Translation
And turned have been her streams to pitch, And her dust to brimstone, And her land hath become burning pitch.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Judgments on the Nations
8For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. 9Edom’s streams will be turned to tar, and her soil to sulfur; her land will become a blazing pitch. 10It will not be quenched—day or night. Its smoke will ascend forever. From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever again pass through it.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:23
All its soil will be a burning waste of sulfur and salt, unsown and unproductive, with no plant growing on it, just like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in His fierce anger.

Psalm 11:6
On the wicked He will rain down fiery coals and sulfur; a scorching wind will be their portion.

Isaiah 30:33
For Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its funeral pyre is deep and wide, with plenty of fire and wood. The breath of the LORD, like a torrent of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.

Jeremiah 49:13
For by Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that Bozrah will become a desolation, a disgrace, a ruin, and a curse, and all her cities will be in ruins forever."


Treasury of Scripture

And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Genesis 19:28
And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Job 18:15
It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

Psalm 11:6
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.









(9, 10) The streams thereof shall be turned into pitch . . .--The imagery of the punishment which is to fall on Edom is suggested partly by the scenery of the Dead Sea, partly by the volcanic character of Edom itself, with its extinct craters and streams of lava. (Comp. Jeremiah 49:18.) The prophet sees the destruction, as continuing not merely in its results, but in its process, the smoke of the burning craters rising up perpetually, and making the land uninhabitable.

Verse 9. - And the streams thereof; i.e. "the streams of the land of Edom." Though Edom has no perennial rivers, it has numerous torrent-courses to carry off the winter rains (see 2 Kings 3:20-22). These should run with pitch, instead of water. The general idea is that Edom should be visited with a destruction like that of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24; comp. Jeremiah 49:18). But the prophet scarcely intends his words to be taken literally; he is making Edom a type or representation of God's enemies, and the gist of his teaching is that a dreadful vengeance, an utter destruction, will come upon all who set themselves up against the Most High. In the next verse he declares that the vengeance will be eternal (comp. Isaiah 66:24).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Her streams
נְחָלֶ֙יהָ֙ (nə·ḥā·le·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5158: A stream, a winter torrent, a, valley, a shaft

will be turned
וְנֶהֶפְכ֤וּ (wə·ne·hep̄·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

to tar,
לְזֶ֔פֶת (lə·ze·p̄eṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2203: Asphalt

and her soil
וַעֲפָרָ֖הּ (wa·‘ă·p̄ā·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

to sulfur;
לְגָפְרִ֑ית (lə·ḡā·p̄ə·rîṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1614: Cypress-resin, sulphur

her land
אַרְצָ֔הּ (’ar·ṣāh)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

will become
וְהָיְתָ֣ה (wə·hā·yə·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a blazing
בֹּעֵרָֽה׃ (bō·‘ê·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 1197: To kindle, consume, to be, brutish

pitch.
לְזֶ֖פֶת (lə·ze·p̄eṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2203: Asphalt


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