1Here is what the Lord says about the people of Ammon. He says, “Doesn't Israel have any sons? Doesn't Israel have anyone to take over the family property? Then why has the god Molech taken over Gad? Why do those who worship him live in its towns?2But a new day is coming,” announces the Lord. “At that time I will sound the battle cry. I will sound it against Rabbah in the land of Ammon. It will become a pile of broken‑down buildings. The villages that are around it will be set on fire. Then Israel will drive out those who drove her out,” says the Lord.3“Heshbon, sob over Ai! It is destroyed! Cry out, you who live in Rabbah! Put on black clothes and sob. Run here and there inside the walls. Your god Molech will be carried away. So will its priests and officials.4Why do you brag about your valleys? You brag that they produce so many crops. You are an unfaithful country. You trust in your riches. You say, ‘Who will attack me?’5I will bring terror on you. It will come from all those who are around you,” announces the Lord. He is the Lord who rules over all. “Every one of you will be driven away. No one will bring back those who escape.6“But after that, I will bless the people of Ammon with great success again,” announces the Lord.
A Message About Edom
7Here is what the Lord says about Edom. The Lord who rules over all says, “Isn't there wisdom in the town of Teman anymore? Can't those who are wise give advice? Has their wisdom disappeared completely?8Turn around and run away, you who live in Dedan. Hide in deep caves. I will bring trouble on Esau's family line. I will do it at the time I punish them.9Edom, suppose grape pickers came to harvest your vines. They would still leave a few grapes. Suppose robbers came at night. They would steal only as much as they wanted.10But I will strip everything away from Esau's people. I will uncover their hiding places. They will not be able to hide anywhere. Their children, relatives and neighbors will die. Then Esau's people will be gone.11Leave your children whose fathers have died. I will watch over them. Your widows can also trust in me.”12The Lord says, “What if those who do not have to drink the cup must drink it anyway? Then shouldn't you be punished? You will certainly be punished. You must drink the cup.13I make a promise with an oath in my own name. Bozrah will be destroyed,” announces the Lord. “People will be shocked at it. They will bring shame on it. They will call down curses on it. And all of its towns will be destroyed forever.”14I've heard a message from the Lord. A messenger was sent to the nations. The Lord told him to say, “Gather yourselves together to attack Edom! Prepare for battle!”15The Lord says to Edom, “I will make you weak among the nations. They will look down on you.16You live in the safety of the rocks. You live on top of the hills. But the terror you stir up has now turned against you. Your proud heart has tricked you. You build your nest as high as an eagle does. But I will bring you down from there,” announces the Lord.17“People of Edom, all those who pass by you will be shocked. They will make fun of you because of all of your wounds.18Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. So were the towns that were near them,” says the Lord. “You will be just like them. No one will live in your land. No one will stay there even for a short time.19“I will be like a lion coming up from the bushes by the Jordan River. I will hunt in rich grasslands. I will chase you from your land in an instant. What nation will I choose to do it? Which one will I appoint? Is anyone like me? Who would dare to argue with me? What leader can stand against me?”20So listen to what the Lord has planned against the people of Edom. Hear what he has planned against those who live in Teman. Edom's young people will be dragged away. The Lord will completely destroy their grasslands because of them.21When the earth hears Edom fall, it will shake. The people's cries will be heard all the way to the Red Sea.22Look! An enemy is coming. It's like an eagle diving down. It will spread its wings over Bozrah. At that time the hearts of Edom's soldiers will tremble in fear. They'll be like the heart of a woman having a baby.
A Message About Damascus
23Here is what the Lord says about Damascus. He says, “The people of Hamath and Arpad are terrified. They have heard bad news. They have lost all hope. They are troubled like the rolling sea.24The people of Damascus have become weak. They have turned to run away. Panic has taken hold of them. Suffering and pain have taken hold of them. Their pain is like the pain of a woman having a baby.25Why hasn't the famous city been deserted? It is the town I take delight in.26You can be sure its young men will fall dead in the streets. All of its soldiers will be put to death at that time,” announces the Lord who rules over all.27“I will set the walls of Damascus on fire. It will burn up the strong towers of King Ben‑Hadad.”
A Message About Kedar and Hazor
28Here is what the Lord says about the land of Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia, was planning to attack them. The Lord says to the armies of Babylonia, “Prepare for battle. Attack Kedar. Destroy the people of the east.29Their tents and flocks will be taken away from them. Their tents will be carried off. All of their goods and camels will be stolen. People will shout to them, ‘There is terror on every side!’30“Run away quickly! You who live in Hazor, stay in deep caves,” announces the Lord. “Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonia, has made plans against you. He has decided to attack you.31“Armies of Babylonia, prepare for battle. Attack a nation that feels secure. Its people do not have any worries,” announces the Lord. “That nation does not have gates or heavy metal bars. Its people live all alone.32Their camels will be stolen. Their large herds will be taken away. I will scatter to the winds those who are in places far away. I will bring trouble on them from every side,” announces the Lord.33“Hazor will become a home for wild dogs. It will be a dry and empty desert forever. No one will live in that land. No one will stay there even for a short time.”
A Message About Elam
34A message came to me from the Lord. It was about Elam. It came shortly after Zedekiah became king of Judah.35The Lord who rules over all said, “Elam's bow is the secret of its strength. But I will break it.36I will bring the four winds against Elam. I will bring them from all four directions. I will scatter Elam's people to the four winds. They will be taken away to every nation on earth.37I will use Elam's enemies to smash them. Those who are trying to take their lives will kill them. I will bring trouble on Elam's people. My anger will burn against them,” announces the Lord. “I will chase them with swords. I will hunt them down until I have destroyed them.38I will set up my throne in Elam. I will destroy its king and officials,” announces the Lord.39“But in days to come I will bless Elam with great success again,” announces the Lord.
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Judgment on Ammon
1Concerning the Ammonites. Thus says the Lord: “Has Israel no sons? Has he no heir? Why then has Milcom dispossessed Gad, and his people settled in its cities? (1Ki 11:5; 1Ki 11:33; 2Ki 23:13; Jer 25:21; Eze 21:28; Eze 25:2; Am 1:13)2Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will cause the battle cry to be heard against Rabbah of the Ammonites; it shall become a desolate mound, and its villages shall be burned with fire; then Israel shall dispossess those who dispossessed him, says the Lord. (Jer 4:19; Jer 30:18; Eze 21:20; Eze 25:5; Am 1:14)3“Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is laid waste! Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth, lament, and run to and fro among the hedges! For Milcom shall go into exile, with his priests and his officials. (1Ki 11:5; 1Ki 11:33; 2Ki 23:13; Jer 4:8; Jer 48:2; Jer 48:7; Jer 48:37; Jer 49:2)4Why do you boast of your valleys, O faithless daughter, who trusted in her treasures, saying, ‘Who will come against me?’ (Jer 3:14; Jer 48:7)5Behold, I will bring terror upon you, declares the Lord God of hosts, from all who are around you, and you shall be driven out, every man straight before him, with none to gather the fugitives. (Jer 48:43)6“But afterward I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites, declares the Lord.” (Jer 48:47; Jer 49:39)
Judgment on Edom
7Concerning Edom. Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Is wisdom no more in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom vanished? (Isa 19:11; Isa 34:5; Jer 25:21; Jer 49:20; Eze 25:12; Am 1:11; Ob 1:1; Ob 1:9; Mal 1:2)8Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan! For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time when I punish him. (Ge 25:3; Jer 25:23; Jer 46:21; Jer 49:30; Jer 50:27; Jer 50:31)9If grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings? If thieves came by night, would they not destroy only enough for themselves? (Jud 8:2; Ob 1:5)10But I have stripped Esau bare; I have uncovered his hiding places, and he is not able to conceal himself. His children are destroyed, and his brothers, and his neighbors; and he is no more. (Isa 17:14; Jer 31:15; Jer 49:9; Mal 1:3)11Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me.” (Ps 10:14; Ps 10:18; Ps 68:5)12For thus says the Lord: “If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink. (Jer 25:28; Jer 25:29; Ob 1:16)13For I have sworn by myself, declares the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a horror, a taunt, a waste, and a curse, and all her cities shall be perpetual wastes.” (Jer 22:5; Jer 24:9; Jer 48:24; Jer 49:22)14I have heard a message from the Lord, and an envoy has been sent among the nations: “Gather yourselves together and come against her, and rise up for battle! (Isa 13:4; Ob 1:1)15For behold, I will make you small among the nations, despised among mankind.16The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord. (Jer 48:28)17“Edom shall become a horror. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters. (Jer 50:13; Eze 35:3; Eze 35:7; Eze 35:9)18As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities were overthrown, says the Lord, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her. (De 29:23; Isa 13:19; Jer 49:33)19Behold, like a lion coming up from the jungle of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make him run away from her. And I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me? (Job 9:19; Jer 4:7; Jer 10:6; Jer 12:5; Jer 30:21; Jer 50:44)20Therefore hear the plan that the Lord has made against Edom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Even the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away. Surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. (Jer 49:7; Jer 50:45; Eze 35:3; Eze 35:7; Eze 35:9)21At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea. (Jer 8:16; Jer 50:46; Eze 26:15)22Behold, one shall mount up and fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Bozrah, and the heart of the warriors of Edom shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains.” (Jer 6:24; Jer 48:40; Jer 49:13; Jer 49:24)
Judgment on Damascus
23Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet. (1Ki 8:65; 2Ki 18:34; Isa 17:1; Am 1:3; Zec 9:2; Zec 9:4)24Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her, as of a woman in labor. (Jer 46:5; Jer 49:22; Jer 49:23)25How is the famous city not forsaken, the city of my joy? (Jer 33:9)26Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day, declares the Lord of hosts. (Jer 50:30)27And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.” (1Ki 15:18; 1Ki 20:1; 2Ki 6:24; 2Ki 8:7; 2Ki 13:3; Jer 17:27; Jer 49:23)
Judgment on Kedar and Hazor
28Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon struck down. Thus says the Lord: “Rise up, advance against Kedar! Destroy the people of the east! (Jud 6:3; Isa 11:14; Isa 21:16; Isa 60:7; Jer 49:14; Jer 49:31; Eze 25:4; Eze 25:10)29Their tents and their flocks shall be taken, their curtains and all their goods; their camels shall be led away from them, and men shall cry to them: ‘Terror on every side!’ (Ps 120:5; So 1:5; Jer 6:25)30Flee, wander far away, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Hazor! declares the Lord. For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has made a plan against you and formed a purpose against you. (Jer 49:8)31“Rise up, advance against a nation at ease, that dwells securely, declares the Lord, that has no gates or bars, that dwells alone. (Job 16:12; Jer 49:28; Eze 38:8; Eze 38:11)32Their camels shall become plunder, their herds of livestock a spoil. I will scatter to every wind those who cut the corners of their hair, and I will bring their calamity from every side of them, declares the Lord. (Jer 9:26; Jer 49:36; Eze 38:12)33Hazor shall become a haunt of jackals, an everlasting waste; no man shall dwell there; no man shall sojourn in her.” (Jer 9:11; Jer 49:18)
Judgment on Elam
34The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah. (Ge 14:1; 2Ki 24:17; Isa 11:11; Isa 21:2; Jer 25:25; Eze 32:24; Da 8:2)35Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might. (Isa 22:6; Jer 49:34)36And I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven. And I will scatter them to all those winds, and there shall be no nation to which those driven out of Elam shall not come. (Jer 49:34)37I will terrify Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, my fierce anger, declares the Lord. I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them, (Jer 1:17; Jer 9:16; Jer 12:13; Jer 49:34)38and I will set my throne in Elam and destroy their king and officials, declares the Lord. (Jer 49:34)39“But in the latter days I will restore the fortunes of Elam, declares the Lord.” (Jer 48:47; Jer 49:34)