Concerning the sons (descendants) of Ammon. Thus says the Lord: “Does Israel have no sons [to reclaim Gad from the Ammonites]? Has he no heir? Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad And [why do] his people live in the cities [of Gad]?
Concerning and against the Ammonites: Thus says the Lord: Has Israel no sons [to return after their captivity and claim the territory of Gad east of the Jordan which the Ammonites have taken over]? Has [Israel’s Gad] no heir? Why then has Milcom [the god the Ammonites call their king] dispossessed and inherited Gad, and [why do] his people dwell in Gad’s cities?
The Lord has this to say about the nation of Ammon: The people of Israel have plenty of children to inherit their lands. So why have you worshipers of the god Milcom taken over towns and land belonging to the Gad tribe?
This message is about the Ammonites. This is what the Lord says: “Ammonites, do you think that the people of Israel don’t have children? Do you think there are no children to take the land when the parents die? Maybe that is why Milcom took Gad’s land?”
This message is to the ·Ammonite people [L sons of Ammon; Gen. 19:30–38; Deut. 2:19; 23:3–6]. This is what the Lord says: “Do you think that Israel has no children? Do you think there is no ·one to take the land when the parents die [L heir]? If that were true, why did Molech [C the chief god of Ammon] take Gad’s [C a tribe in the north of Israel] land and why did Molech’s people settle in Gad’s towns [C a bitter reference to the sacrifice of children to Molech]?”
1 The word of the Lord against the Ammonites, 7 Edom, 23 Damascus, 28 Kedar, 34 and Elam. Unto the children of Ammon thus saith the Lord, Hath Israel no sons? or hath he none heir? Why then hath their king possessed Gad? and his people dwelt in his cities?
This is what the Lord says about the people of Ammon: Doesn’t Israel have any children? Doesn’t it have any heirs? Why, then, has the god Milcom taken over the inheritance of Gad’s descendants? Why do Milcom’s people live in Gad’s cities?
This is what the Lord said about Ammon: “Where are the men of Israel? Is there no one to defend their land? Why have they let the people who worship Molech take the territory of the tribe of Gad and settle there?
This message is about the Ammonite people. This is what the Lord says: “Do you think that Israel has no sons? Do you think there is no one to take the land when the parents die? Maybe that is why Molech took Gad’s land. Maybe that is why Molech’s people live in Gad’s towns.”
The Ammonites What is this you are doing? Why are you living in the cities of the Jews? Aren’t there Jews enough to fill them up? Didn’t they inherit them from me? Why then have you, who worship Milcom, taken over Gad and all its cities?
God’s Message on the Ammonites: “Doesn’t Israel have any children, no one to step into her inheritance? So why is the god Milcom taking over Gad’s land, his followers moving into its towns? But not for long! The time’s coming” —God’s Decree— “When I’ll fill the ears of Rabbah, Ammon’s big city, with battle cries. She’ll end up a pile of rubble, all her towns burned to the ground. Then Israel will kick out the invaders. I, God, say so, and it will be so. Wail Heshbon, Ai is in ruins. Villages of Rabbah, wring your hands! Dress in mourning, weep buckets of tears. Go into hysterics, run around in circles! Your god Milcom will be hauled off to exile, and all his priests and managers right with him. Why do you brag of your once-famous strength? You’re a broken-down has-been, a castoff Who fondles his trophies and dreams of glory days and vainly thinks, ‘No one can lay a hand on me.’ Well, think again. I’ll face you with terror from all sides.” Word of the Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies. “You’ll be stampeded headlong, with no one to round up the runaways. Still, the time will come when I will make things right with Ammon.” God’s Decree.
This is what Yahweh says about the people of Ammon: Doesn’t Israel have any children? Doesn’t it have any heirs? Why, then, has the god Milcom taken over the inheritance of Gad’s descendants? Why do Milcom’s people live in Gad’s cities?
This message is to the Ammonite people. This is what the Lord says: “Do you think that Israel has no children? Do you think there is no one to take the land when the parents die? If that were true, why did Molech take Gad’s land and why did Molech’s people settle in Gad’s towns?”
The Lord spoke about the Ammonites: “Do you think there are not any people of the nation of Israel remaining? Do you think there are not any of them remaining to reinherit their land? Is that why you people who worship the god Milcom have taken possession of the territory of Gad and live in his cities?
Here is what the Lord says about the people of Ammon. He says, “Doesn’t Israel have any sons? Doesn’t Israel have anyone to take over the family property? Then why has the god named Molek taken over Gad? Why do those who worship him live in its towns?
Now concerning the Ammonites. This is what the Eternal has to say: Eternal One: Does Israel have no sons? Is there no one to inherit the land I gave her? Is that why Ammon’s god, Malcam, has taken the land of Gad? Why would his people be living in her cities?
To the sons also of Ammon. The Lord saith these things. Whether no sons be of Israel, either an heir is not to it? why therefore wielded Malcham the heritage of Gad, and the people thereof dwelled in the cities of Gad? (And about the Ammonites, the Lord saith these things. Did Israel have no children, or hath he not left an heir? and so why did Milcom possess the inheritance of Gad, and his people live in the cities of Gad?)
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