a time when he will repay Edom for her hostility toward Zion. 2
and her soil into brimstone;
her land will become burning pitch.
its smoke will ascend continually.
Generation after generation it will be a wasteland
and no one will ever pass through it again.
66:24 “They will go out and observe the corpses of those who rebelled against me, for the maggots that eat them will not die, 5 and the fire that consumes them will not die out. 6 All people will find the sight abhorrent.” 7
1 tn Heb “for a day of vengeance [is] for the Lord.”
2 tn Heb “a year of repayment for the strife of Zion.” The translation assumes that רִיב (riv) refers to Edom’s hostility toward Zion. Another option is to understand רִיב (riv) as referring to the Lord’s taking up Zion’s cause. In this case one might translate, “a time when he will repay Edom and vindicate Zion.”
3 tn Heb “her”; the referent (Edom) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 tn Heb “it will not be extinguished.”
5 tn Heb “for their worm will not die.”
6 tn Heb “and their fire will not be extinguished.”
7 tn Heb “and they will be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
sn This verse depicts a huge mass burial site where the seemingly endless pile of maggot-infested corpses are being burned.