About Damascus. Hamath is put to shame, and Arpad; for the word of evil has come to their ears, their heart in its fear is turned to water, it will not be quiet.
Damascus has become feeble, she is turned to flight, fear has taken her in its grip: pain and sorrows have come on her, as on a woman in birth-pains.
How has the town of praise been wasted, the place of joy!
So her young men will be falling in her streets, and all the men of war will be cut off in that day, says the Lord of armies.
And I will have a fire lighted on the wall of Damascus, burning up the great houses of Ben-hadad.