19 “Like a lion(A) coming up from Jordan’s thickets(B)
    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(C) me and who can challenge me?(D)
    And what shepherd(E) can stand against me?”

20 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Edom,(F)
    what he has purposed(G) against those who live in Teman:(H)
The young of the flock(I) will be dragged away;
    their pasture will be appalled at their fate.(J)
21 At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble;(K)
    their cry(L) will resound to the Red Sea.[a]
22 Look! An eagle will soar and swoop(M) down,
    spreading its wings over Bozrah.(N)
In that day the hearts of Edom’s warriors(O)
    will be like the heart of a woman in labor.(P)

A Message About Damascus

23 Concerning Damascus:(Q)

“Hamath(R) and Arpad(S) are dismayed,
    for they have heard bad news.
They are disheartened,
    troubled like[b] the restless sea.(T)
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.(U)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 49:21 Or the Sea of Reeds
  2. Jeremiah 49:23 Hebrew on or by