Prophecies against Ammon

1 About the Ammonites,(A) this is what the Lord says:

Does Israel have no sons?
Is he without an heir?
Why then has Milcom(a)(b) dispossessed Gad(B)
and his people settled in their cities?
Therefore look, the days are coming—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
when I will make the shout of battle(C) heard
against Rabbah of the Ammonites.
It will become a desolate mound,
and its villages will be burned down.
Israel will dispossess their dispossessors,
says the Lord.
Wail, Heshbon,(D) for Ai is devastated;
cry out, daughters of Rabbah!
Clothe yourselves with sackcloth,(E) and lament;
run back and forth within your walls,(c)
because Milcom will go into exile
together with his priests and officials.(F)
Why do you brag about your valleys,
your flowing valley,(d)
you faithless daughter?
You who trust in your treasures
and boast, “Who can attack me?”
Look, I am about to bring terror on you(G)
this is the declaration of
the Lord God of Hosts—
from all those around you.
You will be banished, each man headlong,
with no one to gather up the fugitives.
But after that, I will restore the fortunes(e) of the Ammonites.(H)
This is the Lord’s declaration.


a. Jeremiah 49:1: LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads Malkam
b. Jeremiah 49:1: Molech
c. Jeremiah 49:3: Or sheep pens
d. Jeremiah 49:4: Or about your strength, your ebbing strength
e. Jeremiah 49:6: Or will end the captivity

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