1 Concerning the sons of aAmmon. Thus says the Lord:
“Does Israel have no sons?
Or has he no heirs?
Why then has 1Malcam taken possession of Gad
And his people settled in its cities?
Against bRabbah of the sons of Ammon;
And it will become a desolate heap,
And her ctowns will be set on fire.
Then Israel will take dpossession of his possessors,”
Says the Lord.
Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah,
cGird yourselves with sackcloth and lament,
And rush back and forth inside the walls;
Together with his priests and his princes.
4 “How aboastful you are about the valleys!
Your valley is flowing away,
O bbacksliding daughter
Who trusts in her ctreasures, saying,
‘dWho will come against me?’
5 “Behold, I am going to bring aterror upon you,”
Declares the Lord 1God of hosts,
“From all directions around you;
With no one to gather the cfugitives together.
6 “But afterward I will arestore
The 1fortunes of the sons of Ammon,”
Declares the Lord.
7 Concerning aEdom.
Thus says the Lord of hosts,
Has good counsel been lost to the prudent?
Has their wisdom decayed?
O inhabitants of aDedan,
At the time I 2punish him.
9 “aIf grape gatherers came to you,
Would they not leave gleanings?
If thieves came by night,
They would destroy only 1until they had enough.
10 “But I have astripped Esau bare,
I have uncovered his hiding places
So that he will not be able to conceal himself;
And his neighbors, and bhe is no more.
And let your bwidows trust in Me.”
12 For thus says the Lord, “Behold, those 1who were not sentenced to drink the acup will certainly drink it, and are you the one who will be bcompletely acquitted? You will not be acquitted, but you will certainly drink it.
14 I have aheard a message from the Lord,
And an benvoy is sent among the nations, saying,
“cGather yourselves together and come against her,
And rise up for battle!”
Despised among men.
The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
Who occupy the height of the hill.
Though you make your nest as bhigh as an eagle’s,
I will cbring you down from there,” declares the Lord.
19 “aBehold, one will come up like a lion from the 1bthickets of the Jordan against 2a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make him run away from it, and whoever is cchosen I shall appoint over it. For who is dlike Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd ewho can stand against Me?”
20 Therefore hear the aplan of the Lord which He has planned against Edom, and His purposes which He has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their 1pasture bdesolate because of them.
23 Concerning aDamascus.
For they have heard bad news;
They are ddisheartened.
There is anxiety by the sea,
It ecannot be calmed.
She has turned away to flee,
And panic has gripped her;
aDistress and pangs have taken hold of her
Like a woman in childbirth.
The town of My joy!
26 “Therefore, her ayoung men will fall in her streets,
And all the men of war will be 1silenced in that day,” declares the Lord of hosts.
27 “I will aset fire to the wall of Damascus,
28 Concerning aKedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated. Thus says the Lord,
“Arise, go up to Kedar
They will carry off for themselves
And they will call out to one another, ‘cTerror on every side!’
O inhabitants of Hazor,” declares the Lord;
“For aNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has formed a plan against you
And devised a scheme against you.
31 “Arise, go up against a nation which is aat ease,
Which lives securely,” declares the Lord.
“It has bno gates or bars;
They cdwell alone.
And their many cattle for booty,
And I will bring their disaster from every side,” declares the Lord.
33 “Hazor will become a ahaunt of jackals,
A desolation forever;
No one will live there,
Nor will a son of man reside in it.”
‘Behold, I am going to abreak the bow of Elam,
The 1finest of their might.
36 ‘I will bring upon Elam the afour winds
From the four ends of heaven,
And will bscatter them to all these winds;
And there will be no nation
To which the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 ‘So I will 1shatter Elam before their enemies
And before those who seek their lives;
And I will abring calamity upon them,
Even My bfierce anger,’ declares the Lord,
‘And I will csend out the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
And destroy 1out of it king and princes,’
Declares the Lord.
Declares the Lord.
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