A message about Ammon
‘You have let Molech rule the people from Gad.
Your sons have not sent him away.
His people live in the country that I gave to Gad.’
‘They will fight against Rabbah, that city in Ammon.
They will pull it down to become a lot of stones.
And they will burn the villages round it with fire.
Then Israel's people will push out the people who pushed them out,’ says the Lord.
Cry aloud, you people who live in Rabbah.
You wear hard material when a friend has died.
Put on those clothes now and be very sad.
You do not know what to do. So you will run about.
Enemies will take the people from Moab to a far country.
They will take them with their
You are like a daughter that does not obey me.
You think that your valuable things will save you from your enemies.
says the great and powerful Lord.
‘Enemies will push everyone away from his home.
Nobody will save those people who are running away.
A message about Edom
‘The men from Teman do not have any more clever thoughts.
Their great ideas have left them.
And I will not be like a robber who takes only a few things.
I will show enemies where Esau's descendants hide. And they will find Esau's descendants.
They will kill all their children, family and friends.
And they will die.
But your thoughts were wrong.
You may hide in small holes in the rock or high up on the hill.
Even if you live as high as the homes of great birds, I will bring you down.’
Those are the words of the Lord.
Those who walk past will say bad things about it.
They will turn away from it because its enemies have destroyed it completely.
It will be like Sodom and Gomorrah
when men destroyed them and the towns near them,’
says the Lord.
I will come like a
I will push Edom's people quickly out of their country.
The leader that I choose will rule the people.
Nobody is like me. Nobody can say that they are as great as me.’
Listen to the things that he will do to the people in Teman.
Your people will be like sheep. He will take away their young sheep.
He will completely destroy their country
because they do not obey him.
They will cry by seas that are far away.
People will hear them when they cry.
They will feel like an animal that sees a big bird. The bird is flying to catch it.
They will be afraid like a woman who will soon have a child.
A message about Damascus
‘People have brought bad news to the people who live in Hamath and in Arpad.
They are afraid. Their minds are full of trouble.
Their thoughts move like the waters of the sea.
Its people want to run away.
They are so afraid that they feel pain.
Their pain is like the pain of a woman who is having a baby.
a city that gives pleasure to me.
Then enemies will kill all its soldiers,’ says the great and powerful Lord.
Fire will burn up the strong places of Ben-Hadad.’
A message about Kedar and Hazor
‘Get up and attack Kedar.
And take all their valuable things from the people in the East.
They will take their homes and all their things and their
Men will shout at them, “Everything round you makes you afraid.
You people in Hazor, hide in deep holes in the ground,” ’ says the Lord.
‘Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has decided to attack you.
He wants to get power over your country.
And they will lead away their animals.
I will send people who live far away to places all over the earth.
It will always be a place where no people live.’
A message about Elam
‘I will destroy the
The wind will push them to the far places of the earth.
Some people from Elam will run to every
They will run away from those who attack them.
I am very angry with them and I will cause much trouble to them,’
says the Lord.
‘I will send enemies to run after them with
until they are all dead.
And I will kill their king and his officers,’ says the Lord.
I will make Elam a