The Old Testament reading for Monday, June 25 is:

Jeremiah 49:1–22 (Listen)

Judgment on Ammon

49:1 Concerning the Ammonites.

Thus says the LORD:

  “Has Israel no sons?
    Has he no heir?
  Why then has Milcom1 dispossessed Gad,
    and his people settled in its cities?
  Therefore, behold, the days are coming,
    declares the LORD,
  when I will cause the battle cry to be heard
    against Rabbah of the Ammonites;
  it shall become a desolate mound,
    and its villages shall be burned with fire;
  then Israel shall dispossess those who dispossessed him,
    says the LORD.
  “Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is laid waste!
    Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah!
  Put on sackcloth,
    lament, and run to and fro among the hedges!
  For Milcom shall go into exile,
    with his priests and his officials.
  Why do you boast of your valleys,2
    O faithless daughter,
  who trusted in her treasures, saying,
    ‘Who will come against me?’
  Behold, I will bring terror upon you,
    declares the Lord GOD of hosts,
    from all who are around you,
  and you shall be driven out, every man straight before him,
    with none to gather the fugitives.

“But afterward I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites, declares the LORD.”

Judgment on Edom

Concerning Edom.

Thus says the LORD of hosts:

  “Is wisdom no more in Teman?
    Has counsel perished from the prudent?
    Has their wisdom vanished?
  Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths,
    O inhabitants of Dedan!
  For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him,
    the time when I punish him.
  If grape gatherers came to you,
    would they not leave gleanings?
  If thieves came by night,
    would they not destroy only enough for themselves?
10   But I have stripped Esau bare;
    I have uncovered his hiding places,
    and he is not able to conceal himself.
  His children are destroyed, and his brothers,
    and his neighbors; and he is no more.
11   Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive;
    and let your widows trust in me.”

12 For thus says the LORD: “If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink. 13 For I have sworn by myself, declares the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a horror, a taunt, a waste, and a curse, and all her cities shall be perpetual wastes.”

14   I have heard a message from the LORD,
    and an envoy has been sent among the nations:
  “Gather yourselves together and come against her,
    and rise up for battle!
15   For behold, I will make you small among the nations,
    despised among mankind.
16   The horror you inspire has deceived you,
    and the pride of your heart,
  you who live in the clefts of the rock,3
    who hold the height of the hill.
  Though you make your nest as high as the eagle's,
    I will bring you down from there,
      declares the LORD.

17 “Edom shall become a horror. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters. 18 As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities were overthrown, says the LORD, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her. 19 Behold, like a lion coming up from the jungle of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make him4 run away from her. And I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me? 20 Therefore hear the plan that the LORD has made against Edom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Even the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away. Surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. 21 At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea. 22 Behold, one shall mount up and fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Bozrah, and the heart of the warriors of Edom shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains.”

Footnotes

[1] 49:1 Or their king; also verse 3
[2] 49:4 Hebrew boast of your valleys, your valley flows
[3] 49:16 Or of Sela
[4] 49:19 Septuagint, Syriac them

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Old Testament Pastoral Commentary for Jeremiah 49:1-22
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Jeremiah continued by directing the Word of the LORD against the Ammonites. The Ammonites were descendants of Lot who lived to the northeast of Moab. The Ammonites had taken over the territory that had been allotted to the tribe of Gad. As a result, the LORD declared that the Ammonites would be dispossessed by the very people, Israel, that they dispossessed. God warned that their false god, Milcom would go into exile along with the priests and officials who served him. The terror that the LORD would bring on them would drive them out. Once again, however, the LORD looked ahead to the Messianic era when he would restore the fortunes of the Ammonites. From Ammon the oracle of judgment passes on to Edom, a people who were the descendants of Jacob's twin brother, Esau. God asked if wisdom had vanished, because Dedan had a reputation for wisdom in the ancient world. God warned that He would do a more thorough job of punishing Edom than grape harvesters or thieves. Nevertheless, God tells the widows of Edom to trust in him. God warned Edom that He would raise up nations against them and make them small among the nations. God warned that a stronghold as secure as an eagle's nest would do nothing to save them. God who is stronger than any lion would come against them and none could stand. He would fly at them like an eagle and their hearts would be filled with terror, like a woman in the throes of labor.