Prophecy of Moab's Devastation
1 Send R610 the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land,
From Sela R611 F196 by way of the wilderness to the mountain R612 of the daughter of Zion.
2 Then, like fleeing R613 F197 birds or scattered nestlings, F198
The daughters of Moab R614 will be at the fords of the Arnon. R615
3 "Give F199 us advice, make a decision;
Cast F200 your shadow R616 like night at F201 high noon;
Hide R617 the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.
4 "Let the outcasts F202 of Moab stay with you;
Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer."
For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
Oppressors R618 have completely disappeared from the land.
5 A throne R619 will even be established in lovingkindness,
And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David; R620
Moreover, he will seek justice
And be prompt in righteousness.
6 We R621 have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
Even of his arrogance, pride, and fury;
His R622 idle boasts are false. F203
7 Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail.
You will moan for the raisin R623 cakes of Kir-hareseth R624
As those who are utterly stricken.
8 For the fields of Heshbon R625 have withered, F204 the vines of Sibmah R626 as well;
The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters
Which reached as far as Jazer and wandered to the deserts;
Its R627 tendrils spread themselves out and passed over the sea.
9 Therefore I will weep R628 bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah;
I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon R629 and Elealeh;
For the shouting over your summer R630 fruits and your harvest has fallen away.
10 Gladness R631 and joy are taken away from the fruitful field;
In the vineyards R632 also there will be no cries of joy or jubilant shouting,
No treader R633 treads out wine in the presses,
For I have made the shouting to cease.
11 Therefore my heart R634 F205 intones like a harp for Moab
And my inward F206 feelings for Kir-hareseth.
12 So it will come about when Moab presents R635 himself,
When he wearies R636 himself upon his high R637 place
And comes to his sanctuary to pray,
That he will not prevail.
13 This is the word which the LORD spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14 But now the LORD speaks, saying, "Within three years, as a R638 F207 hired man would count them, the glory of Moab R639 will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent." F208
F196: I.e. Petra in Edom
F197: Or fluttering
F198: Lit nest
F199: Lit Bring
F200: Lit Set
F201: Lit in the midst of the noon
F202: So the versions; M.T. My outcasts, as for Moab
F203: Lit not so
F204: Or languished
F205: Lit entrails murmur
F206: Lit inward part
F207: Lit the years of a hireling
F208: Lit not mighty
R610: 2 Kings 3:4; Ezra 7:17
R611: 2 Kings 14:7; Isaiah 42:11
R612: Isaiah 10:32
R613: Proverbs 27:8
R614: Jeremiah 48:20,46
R615: Numbers 21:13,14
R616: Isaiah 25:4; 32:2
R617: 1 Kings 18:4
R618: Isaiah 9:4; 14:4; 49:26; 51:13; 54:14
R619: Isaiah 9:6,7; 32:1; 55:4; Daniel 7:14; Micah 4:7; Luke 1:33
R620: Isaiah 9:7
R621: Jeremiah 48:29; Amos 2:1; Obadiah 1:1:3,4; Zephaniah 2:8,10
R622: Jeremiah 48:30
R623: 1 Chronicles 16:3
R624: 2 Kings 3:25; Jeremiah 48:31
R625: Isaiah 15:4
R626: Numbers 32:38
R627: Jeremiah 48:32
R628: Jeremiah 48:32
R629: Isaiah 15:4
R630: Jeremiah 40:10,12; 48:32
R631: Isaiah 24:8; Jeremiah 48:33
R632: Judges 9:27; Isaiah 24:7; Amos 5:11,17
R633: Job 1:24:11; Amos 9:13
R634: Isaiah 15:5; 63:15; Jeremiah 48:36; Hosea 11:8; Philippians 2:1
R635: Numbers 22:39-41; Jeremiah 48:35
R636: 1 Kings 18:29
R637: Isaiah 15:2
R638: Job 1:7:1; 14:6; Isaiah 21:16
R639: Isaiah 25:10; Jeremiah 48:42