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Book of Jeremiah Chapter 49

Chapter 49

  • Next up: the Ammonites. God asks why the Ammonites have dispossessed Israelites who were living in their lands.
  • It's time for the Ammonites to be destroyed. The people will wail and wear sackcloth.
  • The Ammonites have trusted in the wrong things, so God's getting his vengeance.
  • They'll be scattered, but also restored in the future.
  • Now God sets his sights on Edom: they'll meet misfortune like their ancestor Esau.
  • God has totally stripped Esau and uncovered his hiding places, he says.
  • God will kill most people, but he'll spare orphans and widows.
  • A messenger from God orders everyone to attack the Edomites. It will be despised by everyone.
  • Even if they hide in the clefts of the rock like eagles, they'll still be destroyed.
  • It'll be as bad as the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah. Meaning, really bad.
  • Edom's little ones will be dragged away and killed. The cries of terror will be heard as far as the Red Sea.
  • Edom's warriors will be in pain like a woman in labor.

And a Bunch of Other Places God Wants to Casually Destroy as an Afterthought

  • Oh, and also—Damascus, bad news for you, too. It's a vulnerable place that'll definitely be destroyed.
  • Young men will die in the squares, and a fire will destroy the stronghold of Ben-hadad.
  • God cheers on the Babylonians in destroying Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, urging pillage and plunder.
  • God says it'd be an awesome country to spoil since it's poorly defended. You can walk right in. Easy as ABC. Or Aleph-Bet-Gimel.
  • The Babylonians will take all the camels and cattle, and the people of those lands will be scattered.
  • Also Elam will be destroyed, and the four winds will come and crush it, etc.
  • But in the end, it'll also be restored.

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