49 aConcerning the Ammonites.
when I will cause dthe battle cry to be heard
against eRabbah of the Ammonites;
it shall become a desolate fmound,
3 “Wail, O gHeshbon, for Ai is laid waste!
Cry out, O daughters of eRabbah!
hPut on sackcloth,
For iMilcom shall go into exile,
jwith his priests and his officials.
4 Why do you boast of your valleys,1
kO faithless daughter,
lwho trusted in her treasures, saying,
5 Behold, mI will bring terror upon you,
6 “But nafterward I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites, declares the Lord.”
7 Concerning oEdom.
qHas counsel perished from the prudent?
qHas their wisdom vanished?
8 rFlee, turn back, dwell in the depths,
O inhabitants of sDedan!
tthe time when I punish him.
9 uIf grape gatherers came to you,
would they not leave vgleanings?
uIf thieves came by night,
10 wBut I have stripped Esau bare;
uI have uncovered his hiding places,
and his neighbors; and xhe is no more.
11 yLeave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive;
yand let your widows trust in me.”
12 For thus says the Lord: z“If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, awill you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink. 13 bFor I have sworn by myself, declares the Lord, that cBozrah shall become da horror, a taunt, a waste, and a curse, and all her cities shall be perpetual wastes.”
14 eI have heard a message from the Lord,
f“Gather yourselves together and come against her,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,2
Though you gmake your nest as high as the eagle's,
17 h“Edom shall become a horror. iEveryone who passes by it will be horrified iand will hiss because of all its disasters. 18 jAs when Sodom and Gomorrah and their kneighboring cities were overthrown, says the Lord, lno man shall dwell there, lno man shall sojourn in her. 19 mBehold, nlike a lion coming up from othe jungle of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make him3 run away from her. And I will appoint over her whomever I choose. pFor who is like me? qWho will summon me? rWhat shepherd can stand before me? 20 Therefore hear the plan that the Lord has made against sEdom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of tTeman: uEven the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away. Surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. 21 At the sound of their fall vthe earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea. 22 Behold, wone shall mount up and fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against xBozrah, and the heart of the warriors of Edom shall be in that day like the heart yof a woman in her birth pains.”
23 Concerning zDamascus:
cthey are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet.
as yof a woman in labor.
25 How is ethe famous city not forsaken,
26 fTherefore her young men shall fall in her squares,
and it shall devour the strongholds of hBen-hadad.”
28 Concerning iKedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon struck down.
Destroy kthe people of the east!
29 lTheir tents and their flocks shall be taken,
their lcurtains and all their goods;
and men shall cry to them: m‘Terror on every side!’
30 nFlee, wander far away, dwell in the depths,
pthat dwells securely,
pthat has no gates or bars,
32 qTheir camels shall become plunder,
rI will scatter to every wind
sthose who cut the corners of their hair,
33 Hazor shall become ta haunt of jackals,
uno man shall dwell there;
uno man shall sojourn in her.”
35 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will break xthe bow of vElam, the mainstay of their might. 36 And I will bring upon vElam 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 vElam shall not come. 37 I will yterrify vElam before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, zmy fierce anger, declares the Lord. aI will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them, 38 and I will set my throne in vElam and destroy their king and officials, declares the Lord.