Bible: Jer 49:7-22

Judgment Against Edom

49:7 The Lord who rules over all 1  spoke about Edom. 2 

“Is wisdom no longer to be found in Teman? 3 

Can Edom’s counselors not give her any good advice? 4 

Has all of their wisdom turned bad? 5 

49:8 Turn and flee! Take up refuge in remote places, 6 

you people who live in Dedan. 7 

For I will bring disaster on the descendants of Esau.

I have decided it is time for me to punish them. 8 

49:9 If grape pickers came to pick your grapes,

would they not leave a few grapes behind? 9 

If robbers came at night,

would they not pillage only what they needed? 10 

49:10 But I will strip everything away from Esau’s descendants.

I will uncover their hiding places so they cannot hide.

Their children, relatives, and neighbors will all be destroyed.

Not one of them will be left!

49:11 Leave your orphans behind and I will keep them alive.

Your widows too can depend on me.” 11 

49:12 For the Lord says, “If even those who did not deserve to drink from the cup of my wrath must drink from it, do you think you will go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must certainly drink from the cup of my wrath. 12  49:13 For I solemnly swear,” 13  says the Lord, “that Bozrah 14  will become a pile of ruins. It will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example to be used in curses. 15  All the towns around it will lie in ruins forever.”

49:14 I said, 16  “I have heard a message from the Lord.

A messenger has been sent among the nations to say,

‘Gather your armies and march out against her!

Prepare to do battle with her!’ 17 

49:15 The Lord says to Edom, 18 

“I will certainly make you small among nations.

I will make you despised by all humankind.

49:16 The terror you inspire in others 19 

and the arrogance of your heart have deceived you.

You may make your home in the clefts of the rocks;

you may occupy the highest places in the hills. 20 

But even if you made your home where the eagles nest,

I would bring you down from there,”

says the Lord.

49:17Edom will become an object of horror.

All who pass by it will be filled with horror;

they will hiss out their scorn

because of all the disasters that have happened to it. 21 

49:18 Edom will be destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah

and the towns that were around them.

No one will live there.

No human being will settle in it,”

says the Lord.

49:19A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan 22 

scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. 23 

So too I will chase the Edomites off their land. 24 

Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. 25 

For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. 26 

There is no 27  ruler 28  who can stand up against me.

49:20 So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Edom,

what I intend to do to 29  the people who live in Teman. 30 

Their little ones will be dragged off.

I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done. 31 

49:21 The people of the earth will quake when they hear of their downfall. 32 

Their cries of anguish will be heard all the way to the Gulf of Aqaba. 33 

49:22 Look! Like an eagle with outspread wings,

a nation will soar up and swoop down on Bozrah.

At that time the soldiers of Edom will be as fearful

as a woman in labor.” 34 

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