Satyrs and Dragons

Isaiah 34:13-15. “And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow; there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.”

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The description of the desolation of Edom (Idumea) continues and is completed in these verses. The following paragraphs are copied from my post on Isaiah 13 that I mentioned yesterday:

“The owls in verse 21 could also be a reference to ostriches. Owls give a rather plaintive call, and I understand that the call of the ostrich is quite hideous, and that it can groan as if in great pain.

Satyrs were supposed to be half man and half goat, with horns on the man’s  head; the body was all hairy, with feet and tails like a goat.  The Edomites worshiped images like those described. The word probably refers to any rough, hairy animal that tends to be solitary and wild.

In verse 22, the wild beasts of the islands, or coastal lands, are beasts that are unknown and maintain a very superstitious reputation, something like the Loch Ness Monster.

The dragons?  That word has been variously translated.  My Dake’s Study Bible took me to Exodus 7:9, and the miracle of Moses’ rod becoming a serpent.  It’s the same word used in our passage today, and would seem more likely to indicate some type of marine/land animal, perhaps the  crocodiles that were ubiquitous in Egypt along the Nile. We don’t know for sure. It’s the entire picture we’re interested in, which in my mind ranks right up there with a really ugly horror movie.”

It will certainly not be a place that welcomes human habitation.

3 thoughts on “Satyrs and Dragons

  1. i´ll make a completely neutral comment just to the fact animals and human beeings. The animals themselves are not scary I think. Human will never be welcomed by anyone. At least not by beings who have a perception and a consciousness. Animals will act by instinct and they will get used to people who approach them cautiously, who can gain their trust and even love them if they are of any value.

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