Prophecies against Edom

7 About Edom, this is what the Lord of Hosts says:

Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?(a)
Has counsel perished from the prudent?
Has their wisdom rotted away?(A)
Run! Turn back! Lie low,
residents of Dedan,(B)
for I will bring Esau’s calamity on him
at the time I punish him.(C)
If grape harvesters came to you,
wouldn’t they leave some gleanings?(D)
Were thieves to come in the night,
they would destroy only what they wanted.(E)
But I will strip Esau bare;
I will uncover his secret places.(F)
He will try to hide himself, but he will be unable.
His descendants will be destroyed
along with his relatives and neighbors.
He will exist no longer.
Abandon your fatherless; I will preserve them;
let your widows trust in Me.(G)
12 “For this is what the Lord says: If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, can you possibly remain unpunished? You will not remain unpunished, for you must drink it too. 13 For by Myself I have sworn”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“Bozrah(b) will become a desolation, a disgrace, a ruin, and a curse, and all her cities will become ruins forever.”(H)
I have heard a message from the Lord;
a messenger has been sent among the nations:
Assemble yourselves to come against her.
Rise up for war!
Look, I will certainly make you insignificant among the nations,
despised among humanity.
As to the terror you cause,(c)
your presumptuous heart has deceived you.
You who live in the clefts of the rock,(d)
you who occupy the mountain summit,
though you elevate your nest like the eagle,
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.(I)
17 “Edom will become a desolation. Everyone who passes by her will be horrified and scoff because of all her wounds.(J) 18 As when Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown along with their neighbors,”(K) says the Lord, “no one will live there; no human being will even stay in it as a temporary resident.(L)
19 “Look, it will be like a lion coming from the thickets(e) of the Jordan to the watered grazing land. Indeed, I will chase Edom away from her land in a flash. I will appoint whoever is chosen for her. For who is like Me? Who will summon Me?(M) Who is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”
20 Therefore, hear the plans that the Lord has drawn up against Edom and the strategies He has devised against the people of Teman:(N) The flock’s little lambs will certainly be dragged away,(O) and their grazing land will be made desolate because of them. 21 At the sound of their fall the earth will quake; the sound of her cry will be heard at the Red Sea.(P) 22 Look! It will be like an eagle soaring upward, then swooping down and spreading its wings over Bozrah. In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors will be like the heart of a woman with contractions.(Q)


a. Jeremiah 49:7: a region or city in Edom
b. Jeremiah 49:13: Edom’s capital
c. Jeremiah 49:16: Lit Your horror
d. Jeremiah 49:16: Petra
e. Jeremiah 49:19: Lit pride

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