Jeremiah 49:7-22

A Message About Edom

7 Concerning Edom: This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?
8 Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time when I punish him.
9 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?
10 But I will strip Esau bare; I will uncover his hiding places, so that he cannot conceal himself. His armed men are destroyed, also his allies and neighbors, so there is no one to say,
11 ‘Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.’ ”
12 This is what the LORD says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.
13 I swear by myself,” declares the LORD, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse,[a] an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”
14 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!”
15 “Now I will make you small among the nations, despised by mankind.
16 The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.
17 “Edom will become an object of horror; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.
18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,” says the LORD, “so no one will live there; no people will dwell in it.
19 “Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets 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 like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?”
20 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate.
21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.[b]
22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down, spreading its wings over Bozrah. In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

Jeremiah 49:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts; Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished?
ESV
7 Concerning Edom. Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Is wisdom no more in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom vanished?
NLT
7 This message was given concerning Edom. This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: “Is there no wisdom in Teman? Is no one left to give wise counsel?
MSG
7 The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies on Edom: "Is there nobody wise left in famous Teman? no one with a sense of reality? Has their wisdom gone wormy and rotten?
CSB
7 About Edom, this is what the Lord of Hosts says: Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom rotted away?

Jeremiah 49:7-22 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 49

This chapter contains prophecies concerning the judgments of God on several nations and kingdoms, chiefly bordering on the land of Israel; on the Ammonites, Jer 49:1-6; on the Edomites, Jer 49:7-22; on the kingdom of Damascus, or the Syrians, Jer 49:23-27; on the Kedarenes or Arabians, Jer 49:28-33; and on the Elamites or Persians, Jer 49:34-39.

Jeremiah 49:7-22 In-Context

5 I will bring terror on you from all those around you,” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. “Every one of you will be driven away, and no one will gather the fugitives.
6 “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,” declares the LORD.
7 Concerning Edom: This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?
8 Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time when I punish him.
9 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?
10 But I will strip Esau bare; I will uncover his hiding places, so that he cannot conceal himself. His armed men are destroyed, also his allies and neighbors, so there is no one to say,
11 ‘Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.’ ”
12 This is what the LORD says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.
13 I swear by myself,” declares the LORD, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and a curse, an object of horror and reproach; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”
14 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!”
15 “Now I will make you small among the nations, despised by mankind.
16 The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.
17 “Edom will become an object of horror; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.
18 As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,” says the LORD, “so no one will live there; no people will dwell in it.
19 “Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets 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 like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?”
20 Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate.
21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.
22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down, spreading its wings over Bozrah. In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
23 Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, for they have heard bad news. They are disheartened, troubled like the restless sea.
24 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.

Cross References 40

  • 1. S Genesis 25:30; S Psalms 83:6; Ezekiel 25:12
  • 2. S Ge 36:11,15,34
  • 3. S Judges 6:2
  • 4. S Genesis 10:7; S Genesis 25:3; Jeremiah 25:23
  • 5. S Genesis 3:8
  • 6. Isaiah 34:10-12; S Jeremiah 11:23; Ezekiel 35:4; Obadiah 1:18; Malachi 1:2-5
  • 7. Hosea 14:3
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 10:18; James 1:27
  • 9. S Isaiah 51:23; S Jeremiah 25:15; Matthew 20:22
  • 10. S Proverbs 11:31; Jeremiah 25:28-29
  • 11. S Genesis 22:16
  • 12. S Genesis 36:33; Isaiah 34:6
  • 13. ver 17
  • 14. Jeremiah 42:18
  • 15. S Jeremiah 19:8; Ezekiel 35:9
  • 16. Ezekiel 35:13; Obadiah 1:12
  • 17. S Job 39:28
  • 18. S Job 39:27; Amos 9:2
  • 19. ver 13
  • 20. S Deuteronomy 29:22; Jeremiah 50:13; Ezekiel 35:7
  • 21. Jeremiah 23:14
  • 22. S Genesis 19:24; Deuteronomy 29:23
  • 23. ver 33; S Isaiah 34:10
  • 24. S 1 Samuel 17:34
  • 25. S Jeremiah 12:5
  • 26. S Exodus 8:10; S 2 Chronicles 20:6; S Isaiah 46:5
  • 27. S Job 9:19; Jeremiah 50:44
  • 28. 1 Samuel 17:35
  • 29. Isaiah 34:5
  • 30. Isaiah 14:27
  • 31. ver 7; S Genesis 36:11
  • 32. Jeremiah 50:45
  • 33. ver 10; Obadiah 1:10; Malachi 1:3-4
  • 34. Jeremiah 50:45
  • 35. Psalms 114:7; Ezekiel 26:15; Ezekiel 27:28; Ezekiel 31:16
  • 36. Jeremiah 50:46; Jeremiah 51:29; Ezekiel 26:18
  • 37. S Deuteronomy 28:49; Hosea 8:1; Habakkuk 1:8
  • 38. S Genesis 36:33
  • 39. Jeremiah 50:36; Nahum 3:13
  • 40. Isaiah 13:8; Jeremiah 48:40-41

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. That is, its name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that it is cursed.
  • [b]. Or "the Sea of Reeds"
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