1 This is what the Lord says about the Ammonites:
Don't the Israelites have any children? Don't they have heirs to inherit their property? So why has Milcom*
taken over the territory belonging to the tribe of Gad? Why are his people living in their towns?
Watch out! The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will signal the attack on the Ammonite town of Rabbah.†
It will be turned into a pile of ruins, and its villages will be burned down. Then the Israelites will drive out the people who took over their land, says the Lord.
3 Weep, people of Heshbon, for the town of Ai has been destroyed. Cry for help, people of Rabbah! Put on clothes made of sackcloth and start mourning; run to and fro inside your city walls, because your god Milcom will go into exile along with his priests and leaders.
4 Why do you boast that your valleys are so productive, you unfaithful people? You trust in your wealth, saying, “Who would dare attack us?”
5 Watch out! I'm going to bring the surrounding nations to terrorize you, declares the Lord God Almighty. You will all be driven out and scattered, and no one will be able to gather you refugees together again. 6 However, later on I will bring you Ammonites back from exile, declares the Lord.
This is what the Lord Almighty says about Edom:‡
Aren't there any wise people left in Teman?§
Isn't there any good advice from those with insight? Has their wisdom rotted away? 8
Turn and run away! Find somewhere to hide, people of Dedan, because I'm bringing disaster down on you descendants of Esau when I punish you.
9 If people harvesting grapes came to you, they'd leave some behind, wouldn't they? If thieves came during the night, they'd only steal what they wanted, wouldn't they? 10 But I'm going to strip the whole country of bare, leaving its people with nowhere to hide. All of Esau's descendants will be destroyed, along with their relatives and friends—they will all be gone.
11 However, you can leave your orphans to me because I will protect them. Have your widows put their trust in me.
12 This is what the Lord says: If those who were not required to drink from the cup of judgment had to do so, how could you not be punished yourselves? You won't go unpunished, because you have to drink it too. 13 I made myself a solemn promise, declares the Lord, that the town of Bozrah will become a place that horrifies people, a complete humiliation, a pile of ruins, and a name that's used as a curse word. All its surrounding towns will also be left in ruins forever.
14 I received this message from the Lord. He has sent a messenger to the nations:
Get yourselves ready to attack Edom! Prepare for battle! 15
Watch as I will make you insignificant compared to other nations—everyone will look down on you. 16
The fear you once created in others, and your pride in yourselves, has fooled you into overconfidence, you people living on the rocky mountain tops. Though you make your homes high out of reach like an eagle's nest, I will tear you down, even from there, declares the Lord. 17
People will be horrified at what's happened to Edom. Everyone passing by will be shocked, and will sneer at all its damage. 18
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, along with their neighboring towns, says the Lord, nobody will live there—they will become uninhabited. 19
Watch out! I'm going to come like a lion from the tangled undergrowth beside the Jordan to attack the animals grazing*
the green pasture. In fact I'm going to chase the Edomites from their land very quickly.
Who will I choose to conquer them? Who is like me? Who can challenge me? Which leader†
could oppose me?
20 So listen to what the Lord has planned to do to Edom and the people of Teman: Their children will be dragged away like lambs from the flock, and because of them their pasture will become a wasteland. 21 When they fall, the sound they make will make the earth shake; their cries will be heard all the way to the Red Sea. 22 Watch as an enemy like an eagle flies high, then swoops down, spreading its wings as it attacks Bozrah. At that time Edom's warriors will be as scared as a woman in labor.
23 A prophecy about Damascus:
The towns of Hamath and Arpad‡
are disturbed, because they've received bad news. They are fearful, restless like the sea. Nothing can calm their worries. 24
The people of Damascus are demoralized—they turn and run away in panic, overcome by pain and anguish like a woman in labor.
Why isn't the city that is praised deserted, the city that made me happy?§
26 For on that day its young men will die in its streets, all its defenders will be killed, declares the Lord of Hosts. 27 I'm going to set fire to the walls of Damascus; that will burn down the fortresses of Ben-hadad.
28 A prophecy about the land of Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that were attacked by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. This is what the Lord says:
Go and attack Kedar; destroy the people of the east! 29 Take their tents and their flocks! Carry off their tent curtains and all their possessions! Take their camels for yourselves. Shout out to them: “Terror is everywhere!”
Get away as far as you can! Find somewhere to hide, people of Hazor, declares the Lord. For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has made plans to attack and destroy you.
Go and attack†
that self-satisfied nation that thinks it's safe, declares the Lord. They don't have any barred gates and have no allies. 32
Their camels and large herds will be plunder for you. I will scatter them everywhere, these desert people who trim their hair on the sides of their heads. I will bring disaster down on them from all directions, declares the Lord. 33
Hazor will become a place where jackals live, a place abandoned forever. No one will live there; it will become uninhabited.
34 This is the Lord's message that came to Jeremiah the prophet about Elam. This was at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah. 35 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
Look! I'm going to smash the bows of the Elamites, the weapon they rely on for their power. 36 I will bring winds from all directions to attack Elam, and I will scatter them in all directions. There won't be a nation that doesn't have some of Elam's exiles.
37 I will smash the Elamites in front of their enemies, before those who want to kill them. In my furious anger I will bring disaster down on them, declares the Lord. I will chase them down with the sword until I have destroyed them. 38 I will set up my throne in Elam, and destroy its king and officials, declares the Lord.
39 However, later on I will bring the Elamites back from exile, declares the Lord.