I swear1 by myself," declares the LORD, "that Bozrah2 will become a ruin and an object of horror,3 of reproach4 and of cursing; and all its towns will be in ruins forever."514
I have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, "Assemble yourselves to attack it! Rise up for battle!"
"Now I will make you small among the nations, despised among men.
The terror you inspire and the pride6 of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks,7 who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest8 as high as the eagle's, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
"Edom will become an object of horror;9 all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.1018
As Sodom11 and Gomorrah12 were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns," says the LORD, "so no one will live there; no man will dwell13 in it.
"Like a lion14 coming up from Jordan's thickets15 to a rich pastureland, I will chase Edom from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like16 me and who can challenge me?17 And what shepherd18 can stand against me?"
Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom,19 what he has purposed20 against those who live in Teman:21 The young of the flock22 will be dragged away; he will completely destroy23 their pasture because of them.2421
At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble;25 their cry26 will resound to the Red Sea.a22
Look! An eagle will soar and swoop27 down, spreading its wings over Bozrah.28 In that day the hearts of Edom's warriors29 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.30