23 This message was given concerning Damascus. This is what the LORD says: “The towns of Hamath and Arpad are struck with fear, for they have heard the news of their destruction. Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm.
24 Damascus has become feeble, and all her people turn to flee. Fear, anguish, and pain have gripped her as they grip a woman in labor.
25 That famous city, a city of joy, will be forsaken!
26 Her young men will fall in the streets and die. Her soldiers will all be killed,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
27 “And I will set fire to the walls of Damascus that will burn up the palaces of Ben-hadad.”