Jeremias 49

1 Concerning the Ammonites: ¶ This is what the LORD says: ¶ "Has Israel no sons? ¶ Has Israel no heir? ¶ Why then has Molek [^1] taken possession of Gad? ¶ Why do his people live in its towns?

2 But the days are coming," declares the LORD, ¶ "when I will sound the battle cry ¶ against Rabbah of the Ammonites; ¶ it will become a mound of ruins, ¶ and its surrounding villages will be set on fire. ¶ Then Israel will drive out ¶ those who drove her out," ¶ says the LORD.

3 "Wail, Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed! Cry out, you inhabitants of Rabbah! ¶ Put on sackcloth and mourn; ¶ rush here and there inside the walls, ¶ for Molek will go into exile, ¶ together with his priests and officials.

4 Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? ¶ Unfaithful Daughter Ammon, ¶ you trust in your riches and say, ¶ 'Who will attack me?'

5 I will bring terror on you from all those around you," ¶ declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. ¶ "Every one of you will be driven away, ¶ and no one will gather the fugitives.

6 "Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites," ¶ declares the LORD.

7 Concerning Edom: ¶ This is what the LORD Almighty says: ¶ "Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? ¶ Has counsel perished from the prudent? ¶ Has their wisdom decayed?

8 Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, ¶ for I will bring disaster on Esau ¶ at the time when I punish him.

9 If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes? ¶ If thieves came during the night, ¶ would they not steal only as much as they wanted?

10 But I will strip Esau bare; I will uncover his hiding places, ¶ so that he cannot conceal himself. ¶ His armed men are destroyed, ¶ also his allies and neighbors, ¶ so there is no one to say,

11 'Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.'"

12 This is what the LORD says: "If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.

13 I swear by myself," declares the LORD, "that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse, [^2] an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins forever."

14 I have heard a message from the LORD; ¶ an envoy was sent to the nations to say, ¶ "Assemble yourselves to attack it! ¶ Rise up for battle!"

15 "Now I will make you small among the nations, ¶ despised by mankind.

16 The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, ¶ you who live in the clefts of the rocks, ¶ who occupy the heights of the hill. ¶ Though you build your nest as high as the eagle's, ¶ 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 ¶ because of all its wounds.

18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns," ¶ says the LORD, ¶ "so no one will live there; ¶ no people will dwell in it.

19 "Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets ¶ to a rich pastureland, ¶ I will chase Edom from its land in an instant. ¶ Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? ¶ Who is like me and who can challenge me? ¶ And what shepherd can stand against me?"

20 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, ¶ what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: ¶ The young of the flock will be dragged away; ¶ their pasture will be appalled at their fate.

21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea. [^3]

22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down, spreading its wings over Bozrah. ¶ In that day the hearts of Edom's warriors ¶ will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

23 Concerning Damascus: ¶ "Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, ¶ for they have heard bad news. ¶ They are disheartened, ¶ troubled like [^4] the restless sea.

24 Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee ¶ and panic has gripped her; ¶ anguish and pain have seized her, ¶ pain like that of a woman in labor.

25 Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight?

26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," ¶ declares the LORD Almighty.

27 "I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad."

28 Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked: ¶ This is what the LORD says: ¶ "Arise, and attack Kedar ¶ and destroy the people of the East.

29 Their tents and their flocks will be taken; their shelters will be carried off ¶ with all their goods and camels. ¶ People will shout to them, ¶ 'Terror on every side!'

30 "Flee quickly away! ¶ Stay in deep caves, you who live in Hazor," ¶ declares the LORD. ¶ "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has plotted against you; ¶ he has devised a plan against you.

31 "Arise and attack a nation at ease, ¶ which lives in confidence," ¶ declares the LORD, ¶ "a nation that has neither gates nor bars; ¶ its people live far from danger.

32 Their camels will become plunder, and their large herds will be spoils of war. ¶ I will scatter to the winds those who are in distant places [^5] and will bring disaster on them from every side," ¶ declares the LORD.

33 "Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, a desolate place forever. ¶ No one will live there; ¶ no people will dwell in it."

34 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:

35 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ¶ "See, I will break the bow of Elam, ¶ the mainstay of their might.

36 I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; ¶ I will scatter them to the four winds, ¶ and there will not be a nation ¶ where Elam's exiles do not go.

37 I will shatter Elam before their foes, before those who want to kill them; ¶ I will bring disaster on them, ¶ even my fierce anger," ¶ declares the LORD. ¶ "I will pursue them with the sword ¶ until I have made an end of them.

38 I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials," ¶ declares the LORD.

39 "Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam ¶ in days to come," ¶ declares the LORD.