I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know, understand and realize that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, calling forth loyalty and obedient service].
Because you [Edom] said, Theses two nations [Israel and Judah] and these two countries shall be mine, although the Lord was there. [The Amplified Bible].
The Edomites gave what help they could to Nebuchadnezzar when he captured Judah. Later these cousins of the Israelites were pushed out of their own country into Southern Judea; Hebron was their chief city.
When in 70 A.D. the Romans under Titus besieged Jerusalem, Josephus says the Edomites joined the Jews in rebellion against them, and 20,000 were admitted as defenders of the Holy City.
But, once in, they pillaged the city, raping and killing, and not even sparing the priests, though the traitors themselves had been previously forced to become circumcised and recognized as Jews.
The Roman conqueror slew them, and Edom ceased to be.
The forecasts of the prophets regarding Edom are in striking contrast to those of their neighbors, Moab and Ammon. The latter two countries were to suffer great and severe judgments, as was Edom: but restoration and renewed prosperity were promised to them “in the latter days,” while Edom was never to be rebuilt.
This is obviously nearing fulfillment in the twentieth [now 21st] century.
Truly Edom is the scene of “perpetual desolations” with no hint of restoration.
– The Amplified Bible: page 971
– Posted by Sage