Jeremiah 49:23-27

A message about Damascus

23 The Lord says 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.

24 Damascus has become weak.

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.

25 They have not left their famous city,

a city that gives pleasure to me.

26 The young men in it will die in its streets.

Then enemies will kill all its soldiers,’ says the great and powerful Lord.

27 ‘I will burn the walls of Damascus.

Fire will burn up the strong places of Ben-Hadad.’