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Jeremiah 49

Judgment on the Ammonites

1 Concerning the Ammonites, this is what the LORD says:

“Has Israel no sons?

Is he without heir?

Why then has Milcom a taken possession of Gad?

Why have his people settled in their cities?

2 Therefore, behold, the days are coming,

declares the LORD,

when I will sound the battle cry

against Rabbah of the Ammonites.

It will become a heap of ruins,

and its villages will be burned.

Then Israel will drive out their dispossessors,

says the LORD.

3 Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai has been destroyed;

cry out, O daughters of Rabbah!

Put on sackcloth and mourn;

run back and forth within your walls,

for Milcom will go into exile

together with his priests and officials.

4 Why do you boast of your valleys—

your valleys so fruitful, b 

O faithless daughter?

You trust in your riches and say,

‘Who can come against me?’

5 Behold, I am about to bring terror upon you,

declares the Lord GOD of Hosts,

from all those around you.

You will each be driven headlong,

with no one to regather the fugitives.

6 Yet afterward I will restore the Ammonites from captivity, c

declares the LORD.

Judgment on Edom
(Obadiah 1:1–14)

7 Concerning Edom, this is what the LORD of Hosts says:

“Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?

Has counsel perished from the prudent?

Has their wisdom decayed?

8 Turn and run!

Lie low, O dwellers of Dedan,

for I will bring disaster on Esau

at the time I punish him.

9 If grape gatherers came to you,

would they not leave some gleanings?

Were thieves to come in the night,

would they not steal only what they wanted?

10 But I will strip Esau bare;

I will uncover his hiding places,

and he will be unable to conceal himself.

His descendants will be destroyed

along with his relatives and neighbors,

and he will be no more.

11 Abandon your orphans; I will preserve their lives.

Let your widows trust in Me.”

12 For this is what the LORD says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, can you possibly remain unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for you must drink it too. 13 For by Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that Bozrah will become a desolation, a disgrace, a ruin, and a curse, and all her cities will be in ruins forever.”

14 I have heard a message from the LORD;

an envoy has been sent to the nations:

“Assemble yourselves to march against her!

Rise up for battle!”

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

despised among men.

16 The terror you cause

and the pride of your heart

have deceived you,

O dwellers in the clefts of the rocks, d 

O occupiers of the mountain summit.

Though you elevate your nest like the eagle,

even from there I will bring you down,”

declares the LORD.

17 “Edom will become an object of horror.

All who pass by will be appalled

and will scoff at all her wounds.

18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown

along with their neighbors,”

says the LORD,

“no one will dwell there;

no man will abide there.

19 Behold, one will come up like a lion

from the thickets of the Jordan to the watered pasture.

For in an instant I will chase Edom from her land.

Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this?

For who is like Me, and who can challenge Me?

What shepherd can stand against Me?”

20 Therefore hear the plans

that the LORD has drawn up against Edom

and the strategies He has devised

against the people of Teman:

Surely the little ones of the flock will be dragged away;

certainly their pasture will be made desolate because of them. e 

21 At the sound of their fall the earth will quake;

their cry will resound to the Red Sea. f 

22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down,

spreading its wings over Bozrah.

In that day the hearts of Edom’s mighty men

will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

Judgment on Damascus
(Isaiah 17:1–14)

23 Concerning Damascus:

“Hamath and Arpad are put to shame,

for they have heard a bad report;

they are agitated like the sea; g 

their anxiety cannot be calmed.

24 Damascus has become feeble;

she has turned to flee.

Panic has gripped her;

anguish and pain have seized her

like a woman in labor.

25 How is the city of praise not forsaken,

the town that brings Me joy?

26 For her young men will fall in the streets,

and all her warriors will be silenced in that day,”

declares the LORD of Hosts.

27 “I will set fire to the walls of Damascus;

it will consume the fortresses of Ben-hadad.”

Judgment on Kedar and Hazor

28 Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated, this is what the LORD says:

“Rise up, advance against Kedar,

and destroy the people of the east!

29 They will take their tents and flocks,

their tent curtains and all their goods.

They will take their camels for themselves.

They will shout to them: ‘Terror is on every side!’

30 Run! Escape quickly!

Lie low, O residents of Hazor,”

declares the LORD,

“for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon

has drawn up a plan against you;

he has devised a strategy against you.

31 Rise up, advance against a nation at ease,

one that dwells securely,”

declares the LORD.

“They have no gates or bars;

they live alone.

32 Their camels will become plunder,

and their large herds will be spoil.

I will scatter to the wind in every direction

those who shave their temples;

I will bring calamity on them

from all sides,”

declares the LORD.

33 “Hazor will become a haunt for jackals, h 

a desolation forever.

No one will dwell there;

no man will abide there.”

Judgment on Elam

34 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah. 35 This is what the LORD of Hosts says:

“Behold, I will shatter Elam’s bow,

the mainstay of their might.

36 I will bring the four winds against Elam

from the four corners of the heavens,

and I will scatter them

to all these winds.

There will not be a nation

to which Elam’s exiles will not go.

37 So I will shatter Elam before their foes,

before those who seek their lives.

I will bring disaster upon them,

even My fierce anger,”

declares the LORD.

“I will send out the sword after them

until I finish them off.

38 I will set My throne in Elam,

and destroy its king and officials,”

declares the LORD.

39 “Yet in the last days,

I will restore Elam from captivity, i

declares the LORD.



1 a Or their king ; Milcom is a variant of Molech ; also in verse 3; see Leviticus 18:21 and 1 Kings 11:7.
4 b Or your valleys flowing
6 c Or restore the fortunes of the Ammonites
16 d Or of Sela
20 e Or their pasture will be appalled at their fate
21 f Or the Sea of Reeds
23 g Hebrew on the sea or by the sea
33 h Or serpents or dragons
39 i Or restore the fortunes of Elam

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