1 Concerning aMoab. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
“Woe to bNebo, for it has been destroyed;
cKiriathaim has been put to shame, it has been captured;
The lofty stronghold has been put to shame and 1shattered.
In aHeshbon they have devised calamity against her:
‘Come and let us cut her off from being a nation!’
You too, 1Madmen, will be silenced;
The sword will follow after you.
3 “The sound of an outcry from aHoronaim,
‘Devastation and great destruction!’
Her little ones have sounded out a cry of distress.
5 “For by the ascent of aLuhith
They will ascend with continual weeping;
For at the descent of Horonaim
They have heard the 1anguished cry of destruction.
6 “aFlee, save your lives,
That you may be like a juniper in the wilderness.
7 “For because of your atrust in your own achievements and treasures,
Even you yourself will be captured;
And bChemosh will go off into exile
Together with his priests and his princes.
So that no city will escape;
The valley also will be ruined
And the aplateau will be destroyed,
As the Lord has said.
For she will 2flee away;
And her cities will become a bdesolation,
Without inhabitants in them.
And cursed be the one who restrains his csword from blood.
11 “Moab has been aat ease since his youth;
And he has not been cemptied from vessel to vessel,
Nor has he gone into exile.
Therefore 2he retains his flavor,
And his aroma has not changed.
12 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will send to him those who tip vessels, and they will tip him over, and they will empty his vessels and shatter 1his jars.
14 “How can you say, ‘We are amighty warriors,
And men valiant for battle’?
Declares the bKing, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
16 “The disaster of Moab will asoon come,
And his calamity has swiftly hastened.
Even all of you who know his name;
A staff of splendor!’
18 “aCome down from your glory
And sit 1on the parched ground,
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you,
He has ruined your strongholds.
O inhabitant of aAroer;
bAsk him who flees and her who escapes
And say, ‘What has happened?’
20 “Moab has been put to shame, for it has been 1shattered.
Wail and cry out;
Declare by the aArnon
That Moab has been destroyed.
23 against Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul and aBeth-meon,
24 against aKerioth, Bozrah and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near.
28 “Leave the cities and dwell among the acrags,
O inhabitants of Moab,
And be like a bdove that nests
Beyond the mouth of the chasm.
29 “aWe have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—
30 “I know his afury,” declares the Lord,
“But it is futile;
His idle boasts have accomplished nothing.
31 “Therefore I will awail for Moab,
Even for all Moab will I cry out;
I will weep for you, O vine of Sibmah!
Your tendrils stretched across the sea,
They reached to the sea of Jazer;
Upon your summer fruits and your grape harvest
The destroyer has fallen.
33 “So agladness and joy are taken away
From the fruitful field, even from the land of Moab.
And I have made the wine to bcease from the wine presses;
No one will tread them with shouting,
The shouting will not be shouts of joy.
34 “aFrom the outcry at Heshbon even to bElealeh, even to Jahaz they have 1raised their voice, from cZoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah; for even the waters of Nimrim will become desolate.
“Behold, one will afly swiftly like an eagle
And bspread out his wings against Moab.
And the strongholds have been seized,
So the ahearts of the mighty men of Moab in that day
Will be like the heart of a bwoman in labor.
42 “Moab will be adestroyed from being a people
43 “aTerror, pit and snare are coming upon you,
O inhabitant of Moab,” declares the Lord.
44 “The one who aflees from the terror
Will fall into the pit,
And the one who climbs up out of the pit
Will be caught in the snare;
For I shall bring upon her, even upon Moab,
The year of their bpunishment,” declares the Lord.
The fugitives stand without strength;
For a fire has gone forth from Heshbon
And it has devoured the cforehead of Moab
And the scalps of the 1riotous revelers.
46 “aWoe to you, Moab!
The people of bChemosh have perished;
For your sons have been taken away captive
And your daughters into captivity.
In the 2latter days,” declares the Lord.
Thus far the judgment on Moab.
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