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Jeremiah 48

Judgment on Moab
(Isaiah 15:1–9)

1 Concerning Moab, this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says:

“Woe to Nebo,

for it will be devastated.

Kiriathaim will be captured and disgraced;

the fortress will be shattered and dismantled.

2 There is no longer praise for Moab;

in Heshbon a they devise evil against her:

‘Come, let us cut her off from nationhood.’

You too, O people of Madmen, b will be silenced;

the sword will pursue you.

3 A voice cries out from Horonaim:

‘Devastation and great destruction!’

4 Moab will be shattered;

her little ones will cry out. c 

5 For on the ascent to Luhith

they weep bitterly as they go,

and on the descent to Horonaim

cries of distress resound

over the destruction:

6 ‘Flee! Run for your lives!

Become like a juniper in the desert. d

7 Because you trust in your works and treasures,

you too will be captured,

and Chemosh will go into exile

with his priests and officials.

8 The destroyer will move against every city,

and not one town will escape.

The valley will also be ruined,

and the high plain will be destroyed,

as the LORD has said.

9 Put salt on Moab,

for she will be laid waste; e 

her cities will become desolate,

with no one to dwell in them.

10 Cursed is the one who is remiss

in doing the work of the LORD,

and cursed is he who withholds

his sword from bloodshed.

11 Moab has been at ease from youth,

settled like wine on its dregs;

he has not been poured from vessel to vessel

or gone into exile.

So his flavor has remained the same,

and his aroma is unchanged.

12 Therefore behold, the days are coming,

declares the LORD,

when I will send to him wanderers,

who will pour him out.

They will empty his vessels

and shatter his jars.

13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh,

just as the house of Israel was ashamed

when they trusted in Bethel.

14 How can you say, ‘We are warriors,

mighty men ready for battle’?

15 Moab has been destroyed

and its towns have been invaded;

the best of its young men

have gone down in the slaughter,

declares the King,

whose name is the LORD of Hosts.

16 Moab’s calamity is at hand,

and his affliction is rushing swiftly.

17 Mourn for him, all you who surround him,

everyone who knows his name;

tell how the mighty scepter is shattered—

the glorious staff!

18 Come down from your glory; sit on parched ground,

O daughter dwelling in Dibon,

for the destroyer of Moab has come against you;

he has destroyed your fortresses.

19 Stand by the road and watch,

O dweller of Aroer!

Ask the man fleeing or the woman escaping,

‘What has happened?’

20 Moab is put to shame, for it has been shattered.

Wail and cry out!

Declare by the Arnon

that Moab is destroyed.

21 Judgment has come upon the high plain—

upon Holon, Jahzah, f and Mephaath,

22 upon Dibon, Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim,

23 upon Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon,

24 upon Kerioth, Bozrah, and all the towns of Moab,

those far and near.

25 The horn of Moab has been cut off,

and his arm is broken,”

declares the LORD.

26 “Make him drunk,

because he has magnified himself against the LORD;

so Moab will wallow in his own vomit,

and he will also become a laughingstock.

27 Was not Israel your object of ridicule?

Was he ever found among thieves?

For whenever you speak of him

you shake your head.

28 Abandon the towns and settle among the rocks,

O dwellers of Moab!

Be like a dove

that nests at the mouth of a cave.

29 We have heard of Moab’s pomposity,

his exceeding pride and conceit,

his proud arrogance and haughtiness of heart.

30 I know his insolence,”

declares the LORD,

“but it is futile.

His boasting is as empty as his deeds.

31 Therefore I will wail for Moab;

I will cry out for all of Moab;

I will moan for the men of Kir-heres. g 

32 I will weep for you, O vine of Sibmah,

more than I weep for Jazer.

Your tendrils have extended to the sea; h 

they reach even to Jazer. i 

The destroyer has descended

on your summer fruit and grape harvest.

33 Joy and gladness are removed from the orchard

and from the fields of Moab.

I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses;

no one treads them with shouts of joy;

their shouts are not for joy.

34 There is a cry from Heshbon to Elealeh;

they raise their voices to Jahaz,

from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah;

for even the waters of Nimrim have dried up.

35 In Moab, declares the LORD,

I will bring an end

to those who make offerings on the high places

and burn incense to their gods.

36 Therefore My heart laments like a flute for Moab;

it laments like a flute for the men of Kir-heres,

because the wealth they acquired has perished.

37 For every head is shaved

and every beard is clipped;

on every hand is a gash,

and around every waist is sackcloth.

38 On all the rooftops of Moab

and in the public squares,

everyone is mourning;

for I have shattered Moab like an unwanted jar,”

declares the LORD.

39 “How shattered it is! How they wail!

How Moab has turned his back in shame!

Moab has become an object of ridicule and horror

to all those around him.”

40 For this is what the LORD says:

“Behold, an eagle swoops down

and spreads his wings against Moab.

41 Kirioth has been taken,

and the strongholds seized.

In that day the heart of Moab’s warriors

will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation

because he vaunted himself against the LORD.

43 Terror and pit and snare await you, O dweller of Moab,”

declares the LORD.

44 “Whoever flees the panic

will fall into the pit,

and whoever climbs from the pit

will be caught in the snare.

For I will bring upon Moab

the year of their punishment,”

declares the LORD.

45 “Those who flee will stand helpless in Heshbon’s shadow,

because fire has gone forth from Heshbon

and a flame from within Sihon.

It devours the foreheads of Moab

and the skulls of the sons of tumult.

46 Woe to you, O Moab!

The people of Chemosh have perished;

for your sons have been taken into exile

and your daughters have gone into captivity.

47 Yet in the latter days I will restore Moab from captivity, j

declares the LORD.

Here ends the judgment on Moab.

 

Footnotes:

2 a The Hebrew for Heshbon sounds like the Hebrew for plot .
2 b The name of the Moabite town Madmen sounds like the Hebrew for silenced .
4 c Hebrew; LXX her cries are heard as far away as Zoar
6 d Or like a wild donkey or like Aroer
9 e Or Give wings to Moab, for she would fly away
21 f Jahzah is a variant of Jahaz ; see verse 34.
31 g Kir-heres is a variant of Kir-hareseth ; also in verse 36; see Isaiah 16:7.
32 h Probably the Dead Sea
32 i Two Hebrew manuscripts and LXX; most Hebrew manuscripts to the Sea of Jazer
47 j Or restore the fortunes of Moab

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