cConcerning the army of Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt, which was by the River Euphrates in Carchemish, and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon ddefeated in the efourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
And draw near to battle!
And mount up, you horsemen!
Stand forth with your helmets,
Polish the spears,
fPut on the armor!
Their mighty ones are beaten down;
They have speedily fled,
And did not look back,
For gfear was all around,” says the Lord.
Nor the mighty man escape;
They will hstumble and fall
Toward the north, by the River Euphrates.
7 “Who is this coming up ilike a flood,
Whose waters move like the rivers?
And its waters move like the rivers;
And he says, ‘I will go up and cover the earth,
I will destroy the city and its inhabitants.’
And let the mighty men come forth:
And the Lydians jwho handle and bend the bow.
10 For this is kthe day of the Lord God of hosts,
A day of vengeance,
That He may avenge Himself on His adversaries.
lThe sword shall devour;
It shall be 5satiated and made drunk with their blood;
For the Lord God of hosts mhas a sacrifice
In the north country by the River Euphrates.
11 “Go nup to Gilead and take balm,
oO virgin, the daughter of Egypt;
In vain you will use many medicines;
pYou shall not be cured.
12 The nations have heard of your qshame,
And your cry has filled the land;
For the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty;
They both have fallen together.”
13 The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet, how Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon would come and rstrike the land of Egypt.
14 “Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in sMigdol;
Say, ‘Stand fast and prepare yourselves,
For the sword devours all around you.’
They did not stand
Because the Lord drove them away.
Yes, uone fell upon another.
And they said, ‘Arise!
vLet us go back to our own people
And to the land of our nativity
From the oppressing sword.’
‘Pharaoh, king of Egypt, is but a noise.
He has passed by the appointed time!’
wWhose name is the Lord of hosts,
“Surely as Tabor is among the mountains
And as Carmel by the sea, so he shall come.
19 O xyou daughter dwelling in Egypt,
Prepare yourself yto go into captivity!
For 7Noph shall be waste and desolate, without inhabitant.
20 “Egypt is a very pretty zheifer,
But destruction comes, it comes afrom the north.
21 Also her mercenaries are in her midst like 8fat bulls,
For they also are turned back,
They have fled away together.
They did not stand,
For bthe day of their calamity had come upon them,
The time of their punishment.
22 cHer noise shall go like a serpent,
For they shall march with an army
And come against her with axes,
Like those who chop wood.
23 “They shall dcut down her forest,” says the Lord,
“Though it cannot be searched,
Because they are innumerable,
And more numerous than egrasshoppers.
She shall be delivered into the hand
Of fthe people of the north.”
25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Behold, I will bring punishment on 9Amon of gNo, 1and Pharaoh and Egypt, hwith their gods and their kings—Pharaoh and those who itrust in him. 26 jAnd I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their lives, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the hand of his servants. kAfterward it shall be inhabited as in the days of old,” says the Lord.
27 “But ldo not fear, O My servant Jacob,
And do not be dismayed, O Israel!
For behold, I will msave you from afar,
And your offspring from the land of their captivity;
Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease;
No one shall make him afraid.
“For I am with you;
For I will make a complete end of all the nations
To which I have driven you,
But I will not make na complete end of you.
I will rightly ocorrect you,
For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.”
And shall be an overflowing flood;
They shall overflow the land and all that is in it,
The city and those who dwell within;
Then the men shall cry,
And all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.
3 At the enoise of the stamping hooves of his strong horses,
At the rushing of his chariots,
At the rumbling of his wheels,
The fathers will not look back for their children,
4 Because of the day that comes to plunder all the fPhilistines,
To cut off from gTyre and Sidon every helper who remains;
For the Lord shall plunder the Philistines,
5 jBaldness has come upon Gaza,
kAshkelon is cut off
With the remnant of their valley.
How long will you cut yourself?
6 “O you lsword of the Lord,
How long until you are quiet?
Put yourself up into your scabbard,
Rest and be still!
7 How can 3it be quiet,
Seeing the Lord has mgiven it a charge
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore?
There He has nappointed it.”
48 Against aMoab. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
“Woe to bNebo!
For it is plundered,
cKirjathaim is shamed and taken;
1The high stronghold is shamed and dismayed—
2 dNo more praise of Moab.
In eHeshbon they have devised evil against her:
‘Come, and let us cut her off as a nation.’
The sword shall pursue you;
3 A voice of crying shall be from gHoronaim:
‘Plundering and great destruction!’
3Her little ones have caused a cry to be heard;
5 hFor in the Ascent of Luhith they ascend with continual weeping;
For in the descent of Horonaim the enemies have heard a cry of destruction.
7 For because you have trusted in your works and your jtreasures,
You also shall be taken.
And kChemosh shall go forth into captivity,
His lpriests and his princes together.
8 And mthe plunderer shall come against every city;
No one shall escape.
The valley also shall perish,
And the plain shall be destroyed,
As the Lord has spoken.
9 “Give nwings to Moab,
That she may flee and get away;
For her cities shall be desolate,
Without any to dwell in them.
10 oCursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully,
And cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.
11 “Moab has been at ease from 5his youth;
He phas settled on his dregs,
And has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
Nor has he gone into captivity.
Therefore his taste remained in him,
And his scent has not changed.
“That I shall send him 6wine-workers
Who will tip him over
And empty his vessels
And break the bottles.
13 Moab shall be ashamed of qChemosh,
14 “How can you say, t‘We are mighty
And strong men for the war’?
Whose name is the Lord of hosts.
And his affliction comes quickly.
And all you who know his name,
Say, w‘How the strong staff is broken,
The beautiful rod!’
Come down from your glory,
And sit in thirst;
For the plunderer of Moab has come against you,
He has destroyed your strongholds.
19 O inhabitant of zAroer,
aStand by the way and watch;
Ask him who flees
And her who escapes;
Say, ‘What has happened?’
bWail and cry!
Tell it in cArnon, that Moab is plundered.
On Holon and Jahzah and Mephaath,
24 On dKerioth and Bozrah,
On all the cities of the land of Moab,
Far or near.
And his farm is broken,” says the Lord.
26 “Make ghim drunk,
Because he exalted himself against the Lord.
Moab shall wallow in his vomit,
And he shall also be in derision.
27 For hwas not Israel a derision to you?
iWas he found among thieves?
For whenever you speak of him,
You shake your head in jscorn.
Leave the cities and kdwell in the rock,
And be like lthe dove which makes her nest
In the sides of the cave’s mouth.
29 “We have heard the mpride of Moab
(He is exceedingly proud),
Of his loftiness and arrogance and npride,
And of the haughtiness of his heart.”
“But it is not right;
31 Therefore pI will wail for Moab,
And I will cry out for all Moab;
9I will mourn for the men of Kir Heres.
Your plants have gone over the sea,
They reach to the sea of Jazer.
The plunderer has fallen on your summer fruit and your vintage.
33 sJoy and gladness are taken
From the plentiful field
And from the land of Moab;
I have caused wine to 1fail from the winepresses;
No one will tread with joyous shouting—
Not joyous shouting!
They have uttered their voice,
vFrom Zoar to Horonaim,
Like 2a three-year-old heifer;
For the waters of Nimrim also shall be desolate.
“I will cause to cease in Moab
And burns incense to his gods.
36 Therefore xMy heart shall wail like flutes for Moab,
And like flutes My heart shall wail
For the men of Kir Heres.
Therefore ythe riches they have acquired have perished.
37 “For zevery head shall be bald, and every beard clipped;
On all the hands shall be cuts, and aon the loins
Set in order
A small shield
Filled to the full
Lit. calves of the stall
A sun god
Lit. From sinking hands
Cappadocia in Asia Minor
A city of Moab
So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX Proclaim it in Zoar
Or Aroer, a city of Moab
Heb. uses masc. and fem. pronouns interchangeably in this chapter.
Lit. tippers of wine bottles
So with DSS, LXX, Vg.; MT He
Or The Third Eglath, an unknown city, Is. 15:5
Places for pagan worship