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Book of Isaiah - Chapter 34 - Verse 9

34:9
And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Meaning

In this verse from the book of Isaiah, the imagery used to describe the judgement upon the land is striking and vivid. The transformation of streams into pitch and dust into brimstone symbolizes the complete destruction and desolation that will come upon the land. Pitch and brimstone are substances associated with fire and destruction in the Bible, highlighting the severity of the judgement that will befall the land. The phrase "burning pitch" intensifies the image of a land consumed by fire and brimstone, emphasizing the finality and irrevocability of the judgement. This verse serves as a warning to those who disregard God's laws and a reminder of the consequences of disobedience. It illustrates the righteous judgement of God and the ultimate fate of those who turn away from Him. The imagery used in this verse is meant to evoke a sense of awe and fear, emphasizing the power and authority of God in meting out judgement.

Theological Overview

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