“Set the trumpet
To your lips!
A vulture is over
The house of Yahweh.
They have broken
They have transgressed
Israel cries to me!
Israel has spurned
Shall pursue him.”
Yahweh, via Hosea, told the Israelites to sound the alarm with a trumpet. The vulture or the Assyrian army was coming to the house of Yahweh. These Israelites had broken his covenant. They had transgressed his law. Yet they came crying to him, since they knew Yahweh. However, it was too late. They knew that they had turned away from the good Yahweh. Now their enemy, the Assyrians, would pursue them.
“But the hawk shall possess it.
The porcupine shall possess it.
The owl shall live in it.
The raven shall live in it.
He shall stretch the line of confusion over it.
The plummet of chaos shall be over its nobles.
They shall name it ‘No Kingdom There.’
Its princes shall be nothing.”
Isaiah continues with his description of the desolation of Edom. A variety of the vulture like animals and birds will live there, the hawk, the porcupine, the owl, and the raven. There will be confusion and chaos among the nobles and people there. The name of the country would become ‘No Kingdom There,’ obviously a mocking name. Their princes, or whatever is left of them, would be like nothing.