Concerning Edom. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom vanished?
Flee, turn back, get down low, inhabitants of Dedan! For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time when I punish him.
If grape-gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings? If thieves came by night, even they would pillage only what they wanted.
But as for me, I have stripped Esau bare, I have uncovered his hiding places, and he is not able to conceal himself. His offspring are destroyed, his kinsfolk and his neighbors; and he is no more.
Leave your orphans, I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me.
For thus says the Lord: If those who do not deserve to drink the cup still have to drink it, shall you be the one to go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished; you must drink it.
For by myself I have sworn, says the Lord, that Bozrah shall become an object of horror and ridicule, a waste, and an object of cursing; and all her towns shall be perpetual wastes.
I have heard tidings from the Lord, and a messenger has been sent among the nations: "Gather yourselves together and come against her, and rise up for battle!"
For I will make you least among the nations, despised by humankind.
The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, a who hold the height of the hill. Although you make your nest as high as the eagle's, from there I will bring you down, says the Lord.
Edom shall become an object of horror; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters.
As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbors were overthrown, says the Lord, no one shall live there, nor shall anyone settle in it.
Like a lion coming up from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly chase Edom b away from it; and I will appoint over it whomever I choose. c For who is like me? Who can summon me? Who is the shepherd who can stand before me?
Therefore hear the plan that the Lord has made against Edom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away; surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate.
At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea. d22
Look, he shall mount up and swoop down like an eagle, and spread his wings against Bozrah, and the heart of the warriors of Edom in that day shall be like the heart of a woman in labor.
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