Prophecies against Ammon

About the Ammonites, this is what the Lord says:

Does Israel have no sons?

Is he without an heir?

Why then has Milcom[a][b] dispossessed Gad

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 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, for Ai is devastated;

cry out, daughters of Rabbah!

Clothe yourselves with sackcloth, and lament;

run back and forth within your walls,[c]

because Milcom will go into exile

together with his priests and officials.

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—

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.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

Prophecies against Edom

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

Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?[f]

Has counsel perished from the prudent?

Has their wisdom rotted away?

Run! Turn back! Lie low,

residents of Dedan,

for I will bring Esau’s calamity on him

at the time I punish him.

If grape harvesters came to you,

wouldn’t they leave some gleanings?

Were thieves to come in the night,

they would destroy only what they wanted.

10 But I will strip Esau bare;

I will uncover his secret places.

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.

11 Abandon your fatherless; I will preserve them;

let your widows trust in Me.

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[g] will become a desolation, a disgrace, a ruin, and a curse, and all her cities will become ruins forever.”

14 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!

15 Look, I will certainly make you insignificant among the nations,

despised among humanity.

16 As to the terror you cause,[h]

your presumptuous heart has deceived you.

You who live in the clefts of the rock,[i]

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.

17 “Edom will become a desolation. Everyone who passes by her will be horrified and scoff because of all her wounds. 18 As when Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown along with their neighbors,” says the Lord, “no one will live there; no human being will even stay in it as a temporary resident.

19 “Look, it will be like a lion coming from the thickets[j] 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? 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: The flock’s little lambs will certainly be dragged away, 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. 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.

Prophecies against Damascus

23 About Damascus:

Hamath and Arpad are put to shame,

for they have heard a bad report and are agitated;

in the sea there is anxiety that cannot be calmed.

24 Damascus has become weak;

she has turned to run;

panic has gripped her.

Distress and labor pains have seized her

like a woman in labor.

25 How can the city of praise not be abandoned,

the town that brings Me joy?

26 Therefore, her young men will fall in her public squares;

all the warriors will perish in that day.

This is the declaration of

the Lord of Hosts.

27 I will set fire to the wall of Damascus;

it will consume Ben-hadad’s citadels.

Prophecies against Kedar and Hazor

28 About Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon’s king, defeated, this is what the Lord says:

Rise up, go against Kedar,

and destroy the people of the east!

29 They will take their tents and their flocks

along with their tent curtains and all their equipment.

They will take their camels for themselves.

They will call out to them:

Terror is on every side!

30 Run! Escape quickly! Lie low,

residents of Hazor—

this is the Lord’s declaration—

for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon

has drawn up a plan against you;

he has devised a strategy against you.

31 Rise up, go up against a nation at ease,

one living in security.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

They have no doors, not even a gate bar;

they live alone.

32 Their camels will become plunder,

and their massive herds of cattle will become spoil.

I will scatter them to the wind in every direction,

those who shave their temples;

I will bring calamity on them across all their borders.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

33 Hazor will become a jackals’ den,

a desolation forever.

No one will live there;

no human being will even stay in it as a temporary resident.

Prophecies against Elam

34 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet about Elam[k] at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah. 35 This is what the Lord of Hosts says:

I am about to shatter Elam’s bow,

the source[l] of their might.

36 I will bring the four winds against Elam

from the four corners of the heavens,

and I will scatter them to all these winds.

There will not be a nation

to which Elam’s banished ones will not go.

37 I will devastate Elam before their enemies,

before those who want to take their lives.

I will bring disaster on them,

My burning anger.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

I will send the sword after them

until I finish them off.

38 I will set My throne in Elam,

and I will destroy the king and officials from there.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

39 In the last days,

I will restore the fortunes[m] of Elam.

This is the Lord’s declaration.


  1. Jeremiah 49:1 LXX, Syr, Vg; MT reads Malkam
  2. Jeremiah 49:1 = Molech
  3. Jeremiah 49:3 Or sheep pens
  4. Jeremiah 49:4 Or about your strength, your ebbing strength
  5. Jeremiah 49:6 Or will end the captivity
  6. Jeremiah 49:7 = a region or city in Edom
  7. Jeremiah 49:13 = Edom’s capital
  8. Jeremiah 49:16 Lit Your horror
  9. Jeremiah 49:16 = Petra
  10. Jeremiah 49:19 Lit pride
  11. Jeremiah 49:34 = modern Iran
  12. Jeremiah 49:35 Lit first
  13. Jeremiah 49:39 Or will end the captivity