About the Ammonites, this is what the Lord says: Does Israel have no sons? Is he without an heir? Why then has Milcomabdispossessed Gad and his people settled in their cities?
Therefore look, the days are coming- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration- when I will make the shout of battlec 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,d because Milcom will go into exile together with his priests and officials.
Why do you brag about your valleys, your flowing valley,e 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 bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord, the 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 fortunesf of the Ammonites. [This is] the Lord's declaration.