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For thus saith the LORD; Behold they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup, have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished ? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.
For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD; that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse: and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.
I have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.
For lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men.
Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill; though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
Also Edom shall be a desolation : every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.
As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.
Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong; but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD that he hath taken against Edom, and his purposes he that hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: surely the least
of the flock shall draw them out, surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.
The earth is moved at the noise of their fall : at the cry, the noise thereof was heard in the Red Sea. Behold, he shall come up and fiy as the eagle, and
ad his wings over Bozrah : and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in great anguish.
The burden of Damascus, Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none 'shall make them afraid.
The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.
Thus saith the LORD, Behold waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein ; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.
At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses, at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands : because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the Lord will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor. Baldness is come upon Gaza, Ashkelon is cut off with
the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself
O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet ? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shote? there hath he appointed it.
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation : they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted
up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea-coasts, the nation of the Cherethites ! 'the word of the Lord is against you: O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, and there shall be no inhabitant.
And the sea-coasts shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah ; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening : for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
The foregoing prophecies are supposed to have been accomplished during the siege of Tyre. They serve to shew the wonderful prescience of the Almighty, and point out the great offence of the heathen nations, namely, a presumptuous opposition to the Lord God.
PROPHECIES OF JEREMIAH AND EZEKIEL AGAINST
From Jer. Chap. xlvi.-Ezek. Chap. xxix. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give PharaohHophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life: as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon his enemy, that sought his life.
In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt.
Speak and say, Thus saith the Lord God, Behold I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.
And I will lcave thee thrown unto the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers, thou shalt fall upon the open fields, thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered : I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.
And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lo.1, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulders; and when they leaned
upon thee thou breakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.
Therefore thus saith the LORD God, Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee.
And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD; because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it.
Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy river, and will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene, even unto the border of Ethiopia.
No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.
And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and I will disperse them through the countries.
Yet thus saith the Lord God); at the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: and I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom.
It shall be the basest of the kingdoms, neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them that they shall no more rule over the nations.
And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the LORD God.