1CONCERNING THE SONS OF AMMON thus says the Lord, Are there no sons in Israel? or have they no one to succeed them? therefore has Melchol inherited Galaad, and why shall their people dwell in their cities?
2Therefore, behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will cause to be heard in Rabbath a tumult of wars; and they shall become a waste and ruined place, and her altars shall be burned with fire; then shall Israel succeed to his dominion.
3Howl, O Esebon, for Gai has perished; cry, you° daughters of Rabbath, gird yourselves with sackcloth, and lament; for Melchol shall go into banishment, his priests and his princes together.
4Why do you° exult in the plains of the Enakim, you haughty daughter, that trust in your treasures, that say, Who shall come in to me?
5Behold, I will bring terror upon you, says the Lord, from all the country round about you; and you° shall be scattered every one right before him, and there is none to gather you.
23CONCERNING DAMASCUS. Emath is brought to shame, and Arphath: for they have heard an evil report: they are amazed, they are angry, they shall be utterly unable to rest.
24Damascus is utterly weakened, she is put to flight; trembling has seized upon her.
25How has she not left my city, they have loved the village?
26Therefore shall the young men fall in your streets, and all your warriors shall fall, says the Lord.
27And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the streets of the son of Ader.
28CONCERNING KEDAR THE QUEEN OF THE PALACE, WHOM NABUCHODONOSOR KING OF BABYLON SMOTE, thus says the Lord; Arise you°, and go up to Kedar, and fill the sons of Kedem.
29They shall take their tents and their sheep, they shall take for themselves their garments, and all their baggage and their camels; and summon you° destruction against them from every side.
30Flee you°, dig very deep for a dwelling-place, you° that dwell in the palace; for the king of Babylon has framed a counsel, and devised a device against you.
31Rise up, and go up against a nation settled and dwelling at ease, who have no doors, nor bolts, nor bars, who dwell alone.
32And their camels shall be a spoil, and the multitude of their cattle shall be destroyed: and I will scatter them as chaff with every wind, having their hair cut about their foreheads, I will bring on their overthrow from all sides, says the Lord.
33And the palace shall be a resting-place for ostriches, and desolate for ever: no man shall abide there, and no son of man shall dwell there.