This message is to the city of Damascus: "The towns of Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, because they have heard bad news. They are discouraged. They are troubled like the tossing sea.
The city of Damascus has become weak. The people want to run away; they are ready to panic. The people feel pain and suffering, like a woman giving birth to a baby.
Damascus was a city of my joy. Why have the people not left that famous city yet?
Surely the young men will die in the city squares, and all her soldiers will be killed at that time," says the Lord All-Powerful.
"I will set fire to the walls of Damascus, and it will completely burn the strong cities of King Ben-Hadad."