The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim. The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled. For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail: And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.
There was trouble ahead for Arabia. The caravans would hide in the forest from the Assyrian army, and those who escaped from the carnage would suffer intense hunger and thirst. The LORD had decreed that Arabia’s glory would fail in a year, and only a few of her famous warriors would survive.