1Concerning the Ammonites: This is what the Lord says: “Has Israel no sons? Has Israel no heir? Why then has Molek taken possession of Gad? Why do his people live in its towns?2But the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will sound the battle cry against Rabbah of the Ammonites; it will become a mound of ruins, and its surrounding villages will be set on fire. Then Israel will drive out those who drove her out,” says the Lord.3“Wail, Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed! Cry out, you inhabitants of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth and mourn; rush here and there inside the walls, for Molek will go into exile, together with his priests and officials.4Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? Unfaithful Daughter Ammon, you trust in your riches and say, ‘Who will attack me?’5I will bring terror on you from all those around you,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. “Every one of you will be driven away, and no one will gather the fugitives.6“Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,” declares the Lord.
A Message About Edom
7Concerning Edom: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?8Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time when I punish him.9If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes? If thieves came during the night, would they not steal only as much as they wanted?10But I will strip Esau bare; I will uncover his hiding places, so that he cannot conceal himself. His armed men are destroyed, also his allies and neighbors, so there is no one to say,11‘Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.’ ”12This is what the Lord says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.13I swear by myself,” declares the Lord, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse, an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”14I have heard a message from the Lord; an envoy was sent to the nations to say, “Assemble yourselves to attack it! Rise up for battle!”15“Now I will make you small among the nations, despised by mankind.16The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.17“Edom will become an object of horror; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.18As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,” says the Lord, “so no one will live there; no people will dwell in it.19“Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Edom from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?”20Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate.21At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.22Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down, spreading its wings over Bozrah. In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
A Message About Damascus
23Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, for they have heard bad news. They are disheartened, troubled like the restless sea.24Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor.25Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight?26Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord Almighty.27“I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.”
A Message About Kedar and Hazor
28Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked: This is what the Lord says: “Arise, and attack Kedar and destroy the people of the East.29Their tents and their flocks will be taken; their shelters will be carried off with all their goods and camels. People will shout to them, ‘Terror on every side!’30“Flee quickly away! Stay in deep caves, you who live in Hazor,” declares the Lord. “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has plotted against you; he has devised a plan against you.31“Arise and attack a nation at ease, which lives in confidence,” declares the Lord, “a nation that has neither gates nor bars; its people live far from danger.32Their camels will become plunder, and their large herds will be spoils of war. I will scatter to the winds those who are in distant places and will bring disaster on them from every side,” declares the Lord.33“Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, a desolate place forever. No one will live there; no people will dwell in it.”
A Message About Elam
34This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:35This is what the Lord Almighty says: “See, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.36I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam’s exiles do not go.37I will shatter Elam before their foes, before those who want to kill them; I will bring disaster on them, even my fierce anger,” declares the Lord. “I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them.38I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials,” declares the Lord.39“Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come,” declares 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)