Jeremiah 49



1 To the sons of Ammon, thus says Jehovah: Has Israel no sons, has he no heir? Wherefore then does their* king possess Gad, and his people dwell in his cities?

2 Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, and I will cause a blast of war to be heard in Rabbah of the sons of Ammon; and it shall be for a mound of desolation, and her daughters shall be kindled with fire; and Israel shall be·​·an·​·heir with his heirs, says Jehovah.

3 Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is devastated; cry, ye daughters of Rabbah, gird you with sackcloth; wail, and run·​·around between the fences; for their king shall go into exile, and his priests and his princes together.*

4 How praisest thou thyself in the valleys? Thy valley has flowed away*, O backsliding daughter who trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

5 Behold, I will bring a dread on thee, says the Lord Jehovih* of Armies, from all those who be around thee; and you shall be expelled each·​·man from before him; and none shall bring·​·together the fugitive.

6 And afterwards I will return the captivity of the sons of Ammon, says Jehovah.

7 to Edom, thus says Jehovah of Armies: Is wisdom no more in Teman, is counsel perished from those who understand? Has their wisdom become putrid?

8 Flee ye, O ye who dwell in Dedan; for they turn themselves back, they cause themselves to dwell in the deep; for I will bring the downfall of Esau on him at the time that I will visit him.

9 If grapegatherers come to thee, would they not leave some grapes for gleaning? If thieves in the night, they will destroy sufficiency.

10 For I have made· Esau ·bare, I have revealed his hiding·​·places, and he shall not be·​·able to hide·​·away; his seed is devastated, and his brothers, and his neighbors, and he is not.

11 Leave thine orphans, I will make· them ·live; and let thy widows trust in Me.

12 For thus says Jehovah: Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup, drinking they have drunken; and art thou he who being rendered·​·innocent shall be rendered·​·innocent? Thou shalt not be rendered·​·innocent, for drinking thou shalt drink.

13 For I have promised Myself, says Jehovah, that Bozrah shall be for a desolation, for a reproach, for a waste, and for a reviling; and all her cities shall be eternal waste places.

14 I have heard a report from Jehovah, and an ambassador is sent unto the nations, saying, Bring· ye ·together, and come against her, and rise·​·up to the battle.

15 For, behold, I will put thee as small among the nations, and despised among man.

16 Thy horror has beguiled thee, the presumptuousness of thy heart, O thou who inhabitest the fissures of the rock, who occupiest the height of the hill; because thou makest· thy nest ·lofty as the eagle, I will bring· thee ·down from thence, says Jehovah.

17 Also Edom shall be a desolation; every one that passes·​·by it shall be desolated, and shall hiss at all the smitings thereof.

18 As in the overturning of Sodom and Gomorrah and her neighboring cities, says Jehovah, no man shall dwell there, neither shall a son of man sojourn in her.

19 Behold, he shall come·​·up as a lion from the pride of the Jordan to the home of Ethan*; for I will in a moment make him run away from her. And who is chosen that I may appoint over·​·her? For who is like Me? And who will cause Me to congregate, and who is this shepherd that will stand before Me?

20 Therefore hear the counsel of Jehovah, that He has counseled against Edom; and His thoughts, that He has reckoned against those who dwell in Teman: Surely the little ones of the flock shall drag· them ·out; surely He shall make their homes desolate upon them.

21 The earth quaked at the voice of their fall, at the cry the voice thereof was heard in the Suph Sea.

22 Behold, as an eagle* he shall go·​·up and soar, and spread his wings over Bozrah; and at that day shall the heart of the heroes of Edom be as the heart of a woman in· her ·adversity.

23 To Damascus: Chamath and Arpad are ashamed; and they have heard evil reports; they are dissolved; there is anxiety in the sea; it is· not ·able to be·​·quiet.

24 Damascus is·​·slack, and turns· her ·face to flee, and horror has held· her ·firmly; adversity and pangs possess her, as a woman giving·​·birth.

25 How is the city of praise not forsaken, the walled·​·city of My joy!

26 Therefore her young·​·men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be·​·still in that day, says Jehovah of Armies.

27 And I will kindle a fire on the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

28 To Kedar, and to the kingdoms of Chazor, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon shall smite, thus says Jehovah: Arise, go· ye ·up to Kedar, and devastate the sons of the east.

29 Their tents and their flocks shall they take; they shall carry away for themselves their curtains, and all their vessels, and their camels; and they shall call over to them, Fear is all around.

30 Flee, Flee·​·away exceedingly, dwell deep, O ye that dwell in Chazor, says Jehovah; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon has taken counsel against you, and has conceived a thought against you.

31 Arise, go·​·up to the tranquil nation, who dwells securely, says Jehovah, which has neither doors nor bars, alone they shall abide.

32 And their camels shall be for plunder, and the multitude of their livestock for a spoil; and I will disperse them to every wind, those who are of quarters clipped·​·off; and from all the crossings thereof I will bring their downfall, says Jehovah.

33 And Chazor shall be for an abode of dragons, a desolation even·​·to eternity; no man shall dwell there, nor a son of man sojourn in her.

34 The word of Jehovah was to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam in the beginning of the kingdom of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying,

35 Thus says Jehovah of Armies; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the beginning of their might.

36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will winnow them toward all those winds; and there shall not be a nation whither those expelled of Elam shall not come.

37 For I will cause Elam to be·​·dismayed before their enemies, and before those who seek their soul; and I will bring evil upon them, even My fierce anger, says Jehovah; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed· them ·all:

38 and I will set My throne in Elam, and will make·​·to·​·perish from thence the king and the princes, says Jehovah.

39 But it shall be in the last days, that I will return the captivity of Elam, says Jehovah.


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