The city of Damascus has become weak. The people ·want to run away [turn to flee]; ·they are ready to panic [panic seized them]. ·The people feel pain and suffering [L Anguish and distress have grabbed them], like a woman ·giving birth to a baby [in labor; 48:41; 49:22; 50:43].
The Message on Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad will be in shock when they hear the bad news. Their hearts will melt in fear as they pace back and forth in worry. The blood will drain from the face of Damascus as she turns to flee. Hysterical, she’ll fall to pieces, disabled, like a woman in childbirth. And now how lonely—bereft, abandoned! The once famous city, the once happy city. Her bright young men dead in the streets, her brave warriors silent as death. On that day”—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies— “I’ll start a fire at the wall of Damascus that will burn down all of Ben-hadad’s forts.”
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