“Determinedly demolish some things. Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature ,such as prejudices, which the saint has to destroy by neglect; and other things which have to be destroyed by violence, i.e., by the Divine strength imparted by God’s Spirit.” -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, September 8.
2 The Lord is angry with all the nations,
furious with all their armies.
He will set them apart for destruction,
giving them over to slaughter.
13 Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns;
her fortified cities, with thistles and briers.
She will become a dwelling for jackals,
an abode for ostriches.
Where is Edom? Abode for ostriches? Where is ostrich habitat?
Edom was an ancient kingdom in Transjordan located between Moab to the northeast, the Arabah to the west and the Arabian Desert to the south and east. Most of its former territory is now divided between Israel and Jordan. (From Google search)
Natural Ostrich Habitat: The towering birds live in sandy and arid habitats, particularly in open country. Common environments for these birds include savannas, woodlands, desert, plains, semidesert, dry grasslands and scrubs. (From Google search)
So ostriches live everywhere. Got it. They don’t live with humans, though, so I guess that the point of the verse is that the human locations will be taken back over by nature, the humans will no longer inhabit that area.
14 The desert creatures will meet hyenas,
and one wild goat will call to another.
Indeed, the night birds will stay there
and will find a resting place.
Desert creatures will meet hyenas, which hyenas are not desert animals, right?
Hyenas are widespread and found in most habitats. Spotted hyenas are found in all habitats, including savannas, grasslands, woodlands, forest edges, subdeserts, and even mountains up to 4,000 meters. (From Google search).
So no, not desert. Closest is subdesert.