1 Concerning the children of Ammon: Thus says Jehovah, Does Israel have no sons? Or has he no heir? Why has Malcam possessed Gad, And why do his people dwell in his cities?
2 Therefore indeed, days are coming, declares Jehovah, When I will cause the alarm of war to be heard Against Rabbah of the children of Ammon. And it will become a mound of desolation, And its villages will be burned with fire. And Israel will dispossess those who dispossess him, Says Jehovah.
3 Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai has been destroyed; Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah. Gird yourselves with sackcloth and wail, And run to and fro among the enclosures; For Malcam will go into exile, Together with his priests and his princes.
4 Why do you boast in your valleys? Your valley is flowing away, O apostate daughter, Who trusts in her treasures, saying, Who will come against me?
5 I will bring dread upon you, Declares the Lord Jehovah of hosts, From all around you; And each one will be driven out headlong, And no one will gather him who flees.
6 But afterward I will turn again The captivity of the children of Ammon, Declares Jehovah.
7 Concerning Edom: Thus says Jehovah of hosts, Is there no more wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from those who understand? Is their wisdom spent?
8 Flee, turn back, dwell in hidden places, O inhabitants of Dedan, For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him At the time I visit him.
9 If the grape gatherers came to you, Would they not leave gleanings? If thieves came by night, Would they not destroy only enough for themselves?
10 But I have stripped Esau bare; I have exposed his secret places, And he is not able to conceal himself. His seed and his brothers are destroyed, And his neighbors and he are no more.
11 Leave your orphans behind; I will preserve them alive, And let your widows trust in Me.
12 For thus says Jehovah, Those whose judgment was not to drink the cup will certainly drink it. And will you by any means be left unpunished? You will not be left unpunished, for you will certainly drink it.
13 For I have sworn by Myself, declares Jehovah, that Bozrah will become a waste, a reproach, a ruin and a curse; and all her cities will become eternal desolations.
14 I have heard a report from Jehovah, And an envoy is sent among the nations, saying, Gather yourselves together, and come against her, And arise for war.
15 For, indeed, I have made you small among the nations, Despised among men.
16 Your terribleness, the pride of your heart, Has beguiled you, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Who grasp the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle's, I will bring you down from there, declares Jehovah.
17 And Edom will become an astonishment; everyone who passes by her will be astonished and will hiss at all her wounds.
18 As when Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown with its neighbors, says Jehovah, no one will dwell there, nor will a son of man sojourn in her.
19 Indeed, one will come up like a lion from the majesty of the Jordan against a secure habitation, for I will suddenly make them run away from her; and whoever is chosen I will appoint over her. For who is like Me? And who can appoint Me a time? And who is that shepherd who can stand before Me?
20 Therefore hear the counsel of Jehovah, which He purposed against Edom, and His thoughts, which He has thought against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely they will drag them off, the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their habitation a desolation because of them.
21 The earth quaked at the sound of their fall. There is a cry; the sound of it has been heard in the Red Sea.
22 Indeed, He will mount up and swoop down like an eagle, and spread out His wings over Bozrah; and the heart of the mighty men of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor.