Concerning Damascus:1 "Hamath2 and Arpad3 are dismayed, for they have heard bad news. They are disheartened, troubled likea the restless sea.424
Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor.525
Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight?
Surely, her young men6 will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced7 in that day," declares the LORD Almighty.
"I will set fire8 to the walls of Damascus;9 it will consume10 the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.11"
Concerning Kedar12 and the kingdoms of Hazor,13 which Nebuchadnezzar14 king of Babylon attacked: This is what the LORD says: "Arise, and attack Kedar and destroy the people of the East.1529
Their tents and their flocks16 will be taken; their shelters will be carried off with all their goods and camels. Men will shout to them, 'Terror17 on every side!'
"Flee quickly away! Stay in deep caves,18 you who live in Hazor,19" declares the LORD. "Nebuchadnezzar20 king of Babylon has plotted against you; he has devised a plan against you.
"Arise and attack a nation at ease, which lives in confidence," declares the LORD, "a nation that has neither gates nor bars;21 its people live alone.
Their camels22 will become plunder, and their large herds23 will be booty. I will scatter to the winds24 those who are in distant placesb25 and will bring disaster on them from every side," declares the LORD.
"Hazor26 will become a haunt of jackals,27 a desolate28 place forever. No one will live there; no man will dwell29 in it."