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Judgment on Edom

mAgainst Edom.

Thus says the Lord of hosts:

nIs wisdom no more in Teman?

oHas counsel perished from the prudent?

Has their wisdom pvanished?

8 Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of qDedan!

For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him,

The time that I will punish him.

9 rIf grape-gatherers came to you,

Would they not leave some gleaning grapes?

If thieves by night,

Would they not destroy until they have enough?

10 sBut I have made Esau bare;

I have uncovered his secret places,

And he shall not be able to hide himself.

His descendants are plundered,

His brethren and his neighbors,

And the is no more.

11 Leave your fatherless children,

I will preserve them alive;

And let your widows trust in Me.”

12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, uthose whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunk. And are you the one who will altogether go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you shall surely drink of it. 13 For vI have sworn by Myself,” says the Lord, “that wBozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a 5waste, and a curse. And all its cities shall be perpetual 6wastes.”

14 xI have heard a message from the Lord,

And an ambassador has been sent to the nations:

“Gather together, come against her,

And rise up to battle!

15 “For indeed, I will make you small among nations,

Despised among men.

16 Your fierceness has deceived you,

The ypride of your heart,

O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock,

Who hold the height of the hill!

zThough you make your anest as high as the eagle,

bI will bring you down from there,” says the Lord.

17 “Edom also shall be an astonishment;

cEveryone who goes by it will be astonished

And will hiss at all its plagues.

18 dAs in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah

And their neighbors,” says the Lord,

“No one shall remain there,

Nor shall a son of man dwell in it.

19 “Behold, ehe shall come up like a lion from fthe 7floodplain of the Jordan

Against the dwelling place of the strong;

But I will suddenly make him run away from her.

And who is a chosen man that I may appoint over her?

For gwho is like Me?

Who will arraign Me?

And hwho is that shepherd

Who will withstand Me?”

20 iTherefore hear the counsel of the Lord that He has taken against Edom,

And His purposes that He has proposed against the inhabitants of Teman:

Surely the least of the flock shall 8draw them out;

Surely He shall make their dwelling places desolate with them.

21 jThe earth shakes at the noise of their fall;

At the cry its noise is heard at the Red Sea.

22 Behold, kHe shall come up and fly like the eagle,

And spread His wings over Bozrah;

The heart of the mighty men of Edom in that day shall be

Like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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