1Of the children of Ammon. Thus says Yahweh: Has Israel no sons? has he
no heir? why then does Malcam possess Gad, and his people well in the cities
2Therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will cause
an alarm of war to be heard against Rabbah of the children of Ammon; and it
shall become a desolate heap, and her daughters shall be burned with fire:
then shall Israel possess those who did possess him, says Yahweh.
Heshbon, for Ai is laid waste; cry, you daughters of Rabbah, gird you
with sackcloth: lament, and run back and forth among the fences; for Malcam
shall go into captivity, his priests and his princes together.
you in the valleys, your flowing valley, backsliding daughter? who trusted in
her treasures, saying, Who shall come to me?
5Behold, I will
bring a fear on you, says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, from all who are round
about you; and you shall be driven out every man right forth, and there
shall be none to gather together the fugitives.
6But afterward I will
bring back the captivity of the children of Ammon, says Yahweh.
Thus says Yahweh of Armies: Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished
from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished?
8Flee you, turn back,
dwell in the depths, inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of
Esau on him, the time that I shall visit him.
9If grape gatherers came to
you, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? if thieves by night, wouldn’t
they destroy until they had enough?
10But I have made Esau bare, I have
uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his
seed is destroyed, and his brothers, and his neighbors; and he is no more.
11Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let
your widows trust in me.
12For thus says Yahweh: Behold, they to whom it
didn’t pertain to drink of the cup shall assuredly drink; and are you he who
shall altogether go unpunished? you shall not go unpunished, but you shall
13For I have sworn by myself, says Yahweh, that Bozrah
shall become an astonishment, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the
cities of it shall be perpetual wastes.
14I have heard news from Yahweh,
and an ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, Gather
yourselves together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.
15For, behold, I have made you small among the nations, and despised
16As for your terror, the pride of your heart has deceived
you, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the
hill: though you should make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you
down from there, says Yahweh.
17Edom shall become an astonishment:
everyone who passes by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the
plagues of it.
18As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the
neighbor cities of it, says Yahweh, no man shall dwell there, neither shall
any son of man sojourn therein.
19Behold, he shall come up like a lion
from the pride of the Jordan against the strong habitation: for I will
suddenly make them run away from it; and whoever is chosen, him will I
appoint over it: for who is like me? and who will appoint me a time? and who
is the shepherd who will stand before me?
20Therefore hear the
counsel of Yahweh, that he has taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he
has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely they shall drag them
away, even the little ones of the flock; surely he shall make their
habitation desolate over them.
21The earth trembles at the noise of their
fall; there is a cry, the noise which is heard in the Red Sea.
22Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread out his wings
against Bozrah: and the heart of the mighty men of Edom at that day shall be
as the heart of a woman in her pangs.
23Of Damascus. Hamath is
confounded, and Arpad; for they have heard evil news, they are melted away:
there is sorrow on the sea; it can’t be quiet.
24Damascus has grown
feeble, she turns herself to flee, and trembling has seized on her: anguish
and sorrows have taken hold of her, as of a woman in travail.
the city of praise not forsaken, the city of my joy?
young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be brought
to silence in that day, says Yahweh of Armies.
27I will kindle a fire in
the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the palaces of Ben Hadad.
Kedar, and of the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
struck. Thus says Yahweh: Arise you, go up to Kedar, and destroy the
children of the east.
29Their tents and their flocks shall they take;
they shall carry away for themselves their curtains, and all their vessels,
and their camels; and they shall cry to them, Terror on every side!
30Flee you, wander far off, dwell in the depths, you
inhabitants of Hazor, says Yahweh; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has
taken counsel against you, and has conceived a purpose against you.
31Arise, go up to a nation that is at ease, that dwells without care,
says Yahweh; that have neither gates nor bars, that dwell alone.
camels shall be a booty, and the multitude of their livestock a spoil: and I
will scatter to all winds those who have the corners of their hair
cut off; and I will bring their calamity from every side of them, says
33Hazor shall be a dwelling place of jackals, a desolation
forever: no man shall dwell there, neither shall any son of man sojourn
34The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah the prophet
concerning Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah,
35Thus says Yahweh of Armies: Behold, I will break the bow of
Elam, the chief of their might.
36On Elam will I bring the four winds
from the four quarters of the sky, and will scatter them toward all those
winds; and there shall be no nation where the outcasts of Elam shall not
37I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before
those who seek their life; and I will bring evil on them, even my fierce
anger, says Yahweh; and I will send the sword after them, until I have
38and I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from
there king and princes, says Yahweh.
39But it shall happen in the latter
days, that I will bring back the captivity of Elam, says Yahweh.