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“Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you;
cI will stretch out My hand against you,
And make you 1most desolate;
And you shall be desolate.
Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
5 d“Because you have had an 2ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, ewhen their iniquity came to an end, 6 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will prepare you for fblood, and blood shall pursue you; gsince you have not hated 3blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. 7 Thus I will make Mount Seir 4most desolate, and cut off from it the hone who leaves and the one who returns. 8 And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall. 9 iI will make you 5perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; jthen you shall know that I am the Lord.
10 “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will kpossess them,’ although lthe Lord was there, 11 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will do maccording to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. 12 nThen you shall know that I am the Lord. I have oheard all your pblasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’ 13 Thus qwith your mouth you have 6boasted against Me and multiplied your rwords against Me; I have heard them.”
14 ‘Thus says the Lord God: s“The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. 15 tAs you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, uso I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom—all of it! Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’
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