December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Concerning the Ammonites, thus says the LORD: Has Israel no sons? has he no heir? Why then has Milcom disinherited Gad, why have his people settled in Gad's cities?
- 2 But the days are coming, says the LORD, when against Rabbah of the Ammonites I will sound the battle alarm; She shall become a mound of ruins, and her daughter cities shall be destroyed by fire. Israel shall inherit those who disinherited her, says the LORD.
- Howl, Heshbon, for the ravager approaches, shriek, daughters of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth and mourn, run to and fro, gashing yourselves; For Milcom goes into exile along with his priests and captains.
- Why do you glory in your strength, your ebbing strength, rebellious daughter? You who trust in your treasures, saying, "Who can come against me?"
- I am bringing terror upon you, says the Lord GOD of hosts, from all round about you; You shall be scattered, each man in headlong flight, with no one to rally the fugitives.
- But afterward I will change the lot of the Ammonites, says the LORD.
- 3 4 Concerning Edom, thus says the LORD of hosts: Is there no more wisdom in Teman, has counsel perished from the prudent, has their wisdom become corrupt?
- 5 Flee, retreat, hide in deep holes, you who live in Dedan: For I will bring destruction upon Esau when I come to punish him.
- If vintagers came upon you, they would leave no gleanings; If thieves by night, they would destroy as they pleased.
- So I myself will strip Esau; I will uncover his retreats so that he cannot hide. He is ruined: sons, and brothers, and neighbors, so that he is no more.
- Leave your orphans behind, I will keep them alive; your widows, let them trust in me.
- For thus says the LORD: Even those not sentenced to drink the cup must drink it! Shall you then go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished; you shall surely drink it.
- 6 By my own self I have sworn, says the LORD: Bozrah shall become an object of horror and a disgrace, a desolation and a curse; she and all her cities shall become ruins forever.
- I have heard a report from the LORD, a herald has been sent among the nations: Gather together, move against her, rise up for battle.
- Small will I make you among the nations, despised among men!
- The terror you spread beguiled you, and your presumption of heart; You that live in rocky crags, that hold the heights of the hill: Though you build your nest high as the eagle, from there I will drag you down, says the LORD.
- Edom shall become an object of horror. Every passer-by shall be appalled and catch his breath at all her wounds.
- As when Sodom, Gomorrah, and their neighbors were overthrown, says the LORD, not a man shall dwell there: no one shall visit there.
- As when a lion comes up from the thicket of Jordan to the permanent feeding grounds, So I, in an instant, will drive men off; and whom I choose I will establish there! For who is like me? who can call me to account? What shepherd can stand against me?
- Therefore, hear the counsel of the LORD, which he has taken against Edom; Hear the plans he has made against those that live in Teman: They shall be dragged away, even the smallest sheep, their own pasture shall be aghast because of them.
- At the noise of their fall the earth quakes, to the Red Sea the outcry is heard!
- See! like an eagle he soars aloft, and spreads his wings over Bozrah; On that day the hearts of Edom's heroes shall be like the heart of a woman in travail.Concerning Damascus:
- 7 Hamath and Arpad are covered with shame, they have heard bad news; Worried, they toss like the sea which cannot rest.
- Damascus is weakened, she turns to flee, panic has seized her. Distress and pangs take hold of her, like those of a woman in travail.
- How can the city of glory be forsaken, the town of delight!
- But now her young men shall fall in her streets, and all her warriors shall be stilled. On that day, says the LORD of hosts,
- 8 I will set fire to the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad.
- Of Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, thus says the LORD: Rise up, attack Kedar, ravage the Easterners.
- Their tents and herds shall be taken away, their tent curtains and all their goods; Their camels they shall carry off for themselves, and shout from upon them, "Terror on every side!"
- Flee! leave your homes, hide in deep holes, you that live in Hazor, says the LORD; For counsel has been taken against you, a plan has been formed against you (Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon).
- Rise up! set out against a nation that is at peace, that lives secure, says the LORD, That has no gates or bars, and dwells alone.
- Their camels shall be your booty, their many herds your spoil; I will scatter to the winds those who shave their temples, from all sides I will bring ruin upon them, says the LORD.
- Hazor shall become a haunt of jackals, a desert forever, Where no man lives, no human being stays.
- 9 The following word of the LORD against Elam came to the prophet Jeremiah at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah:
- Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.
- I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four ends of the heavens: I will scatter them to all these winds, till there is no nation to which the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
- I will break Elam before their foes, before those who seek their life; I will bring evil upon them, my burning wrath, says the LORD. I will send the sword to pursue them until I have completely made an end of them;
- My throne I will set up in Elam and destroy from there king and princes, says the LORD.
- But in the days to come I will change the lot of Elam, says the LORD.
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1  Milcom: chief god of the Ammonites. The Transjordan tribe of Gad bordered on Ammon, and after the collapse of the northern kingdom the Ammonites occupied its territory.
2  Rabbah of the Ammonites: or Rabbath-Ammon, capital of the Ammonite kingdom. The modern Amman is the capital of the kingdom of Jordan.
3 [7-22] Edom: this implacable enemy from ancient times profited from Judah's downfall; cf Ob 11f.
4  Teman: a district of Edom, used here for the whole country; it was famous for its wise men; cf Job 2:11.
5  Esau: Jacob's brother, the traditional ancestor of the Edomites; cf Genesis 36.
6  Bozrah: capital of Edom, southeast of the Dead Sea.
7  Hamath and Arpad: independent Aramean states to the north of Damascus; the invasion is conceived as coming from the north. The situation is of the eighth century B.C. Cf Isaiah 10:9-10.
8  The palaces of Ben-hadad: the royal palaces in Damascus where at least three kings bore this name; cf 1 Kings 15:18; 20.
9  Elam: the ancient kingdom to the east of Babylonia.
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