Edom will be like Sodom, Gomorrah, and their neighboring cities when they were destroyed. No one will live there. No human will stay there," says the LORD.
"I will suddenly chase them from their places like a lion coming out of the jungle along the Jordan River into pastureland. I will appoint over Edom whomever I choose. Who is like me? Who can challenge me? Is there any leader who can stand up to me?"
Listen to the plans that the LORD is making against Edom and the things he intends to do to those who live in Teman. He will surely drag away the little ones of the flock. He will surely destroy the pasture because of the people who live in Teman.
The earth will quake at the sound of their downfall. The sound of their crying will be heard at the Red Sea.
The enemy will swoop down like eagles and spread their wings over Bozrah. On that day Edom's soldiers will be like women in childbirth.
This is a message about Damascus. "Hamath and Arpad are worried because they heard the bad news. They melt in fear. They are troubled like a sea that can't be calmed.
The people of Damascus are weak. They turn to flee, but panic grips them. Anguish and pain grip them like a woman in labor.
Why isn't that famous, happy city abandoned?
That is why its young men will die in the streets, and its soldiers will be silenced that day," declares the LORD of Armies.
"I will set fire to the walls of Damascus and burn down Benhadad's palaces."
This is about the tribe of Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated. This is what the LORD says: Get ready, attack Kedar, and loot the people from the east.