“I will lament!
I will wail!
I will go barefoot!
I will go naked!
I will make lamentations
Like the jackals!
I will mourn
Like the ostriches!
Her wound is incurable.
It has come to Judah.
It has reached
To the gate
Of my people,
Next Micah lamented and wailed about the countryside around Jerusalem. Micah was going to go barefooted and naked in his lamentation, just like the jackals or the ostriches that put their head in the sand. This was an incurable wound to Judah that had reached the gates of Jerusalem, the holy people.
“The wild animals will honor me.
The jackals will honor me.
The ostriches will honor me.
I give water in the wilderness.
I give rivers in the desert
To give drink
To my chosen people.
They are the people
Whom I formed for myself
That they might declare my praise.”
Second Isaiah has Yahweh continue in the first person singular, saying that the wild animals will honor him. However, he only lists the jackals and the ostriches. Yahweh has provided water in the wilderness by providing rivers in the desert. Thus his specially chosen people could also give praise, just like the wild animals have. The wild animals seemed to appreciate the water more than Yahweh’s chosen people. Apparently on the return from Babylon, they passed through a desert wilderness in Syria some place.
“Thorns shall grow over Edom’s strongholds.
Nettles shall be in its fortresses.
Thistles shall be in its fortresses.
It shall be the haunt of jackals.
It shall be an abode for ostriches.
Wildcats shall meet with hyenas.
Goat-demons shall cry to each other.
There too Lilith shall repose.
It shall find a place to rest.
There shall the owl nest.
The owl lays there.
The owl hatches its brood in its shadow.
There too the buzzards shall gather.
Each one shall have her mate.”
This terrible place of Edom will have thorn bushes growing in its strongholds, with nettles and thistles in these fortresses. A number of menacing odd animals will live there, the jackal wolf dogs, the ostriches, the wildcats, and the hyenas. On top of that there will be demon like goats and the ancient monster female demon Lilith. Strangely enough, the menacing owls are also there to rest and nest their young ones. Of course, there would be the ever threatening buzzards with their mates.