Concerning Edom:1 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?2 Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?
Turn and flee, hide in deep caves,3 you who live in Dedan,4 for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time when I punish him.
If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes? If thieves came during the night, would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
But I will strip Esau bare; I will uncover his hiding places,5 so that he cannot conceal himself. His armed men are destroyed, also his allies and neighbors, so there is no one6 to say,
'Leave your fatherless children;7 I will keep them alive. Your widows8 too can depend on me.' "
This is what the LORD says: "If those who do not deserve to drink the cup9 must drink it, why should you go unpunished?10 You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.
I swear11 by myself," declares the LORD, "that Bozrah12 will become a ruin and a curse,a an object of horror13 and reproach;14 and all its towns will be in ruins forever."1514
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 the peoples.
The terror you inspire and the pride16 of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks,17 who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest18 as high as the eagle's, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
"Edom will become an object of horror;19 all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.2018
As Sodom21 and Gomorrah22 were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns," says the LORD, "so no one will live there; no one will dwell23 in it.
"Like a lion24 coming up from Jordan's thickets25 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 like26 me and who can challenge me?27 And what shepherd28 can stand against me?"
Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom,29 what he has purposed30 against those who live in Teman:31 The young of the flock32 will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate.3321
At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble;34 their cry35 will resound to the Red Sea.b22
Look! An eagle will soar and swoop36 down, spreading its wings over Bozrah.37 In that day the hearts of Edom's warriors38 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.39