Jeremiah 48

1Thus Says the Lord concerning Moab: Woe to Nebo! For it has perished. Kirjathaim is taken; Amath and Agath are put to shame. 2There is no longer any healing for Moab, nor glorying in Hesbron. He has devised evils against her. We have cut her off from being a nation, and she shall be completely still. After you shall go a sword; 3for there is a voice of men crying out of Horonaim, destruction and great ruin. 4Moab is ruined, proclaim it to Zogora: 5for Aloth is filled with weeping; one shall go up weeping by the way of Horonaim; you have heard a cry of destruction. 6Flee, and save your lives, and you shall be as a wild donkey in the desert. 7Since you have trusted in your stronghold, therefore you shall be taken; and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, and his priests, and his princes together. 8And destruction shall come upon every city, it shall by no means escape. The valley also shall perish, and the plain country shall be completely destroyed, as the Lord has said. 9Set marks upon Moab, for she shall be hit with a plague, and all her cities shall become desolate; where shall there be an inhabitant for her? 10Cursed is the man that does the works of the Lord carelessly, keeping back his sword from blood. 11Moab has been at ease from a child, and trusted in his glory; he has not poured out his liquor from vessel to vessel, and has not gone into banishment, therefore his taste remained in him, and his smell departed not. 12Therefore behold, his days are coming, says the Lord, when I shall send upon him bad leaders, and they shall lead him astray, and they shall utterly break in pieces his possessions, and shall cut off his horns. 13And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel their hope, having trusted in them. 14How will you say, We are strong, and men strong for war? 15Moab is ruined, even his city, and his choice young men have gone down to slaughter. 16The day of Moab is near at hand, and his iniquity moves swiftly to vengeance. 17Shake the head at him, all you that are round about him; all of you utter his name. Say, How is the glorious staff broken to pieces, the rod of magnificence! 18Come down from your glory, and sit down in a damp place. Dibon shall be broken, because Moab is destroyed. There has gone up against you one to ravage your stronghold. 19Stand by the way, and look, you that dwell in Aroer; and ask him that is fleeing, and him that escapes, and say, What has happened? 20Moab is put to shame, because he is broken. Howl and cry, proclaim in Arnon, that Moab has perished. 21And judgment is coming against the land of Misor, upon Chelon, and Rephas, and Mophas, 22and upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Beth Diblathaim, 23and upon Kirjathaim, and upon Beth Gamul, and upon Beth Meon, 24and upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah, and upon all the cities of Moab, far and near. 25The horn of Moab is broken, and his arm is crushed. 26Make him drunk; for he has magnified himself against the Lord. And Moab shall clap with his hand, and shall be also himself a laughing stock. 27For surely Israel was to you a laughing stock, and was found among your thefts, because you fought against him. 28The inhabitants of Moab have left the cities, and dwelt in rocks; they have become as doves nestling in rocks, at the mouth of a cave. 29And I have heard of the pride of Moab, he has greatly heightened his pride and his haughtiness, and his heart has been lifted up. 30But I know his works. Is it not enough for him? Has he not done thus? 31Therefore howl for Moab on all sides; cry out against the shorn men in a gloomy place. I will weep for you, 32O vine of Sibma, as with the weeping of Jazer. Your branches are gone over the sea, they reached the cities of Jazer; destruction has come upon your fruits, and upon your grape gatherers. 33Joy and gladness have been utterly swept off the land of Moab; and though there was wine in your presses, in the morning they trod it not, neither in the evening did they raise the cry of joy. 34From the cry of Heshbron even to Elealeh their cities uttered their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim, and their tidings as a heifer of three years old, for the water also of Nimrim shall be dried up. 35And I will destroy Moab, says the Lord, as he comes up to the altar, and burns incense to his gods. 36Therefore the heart of Moab shall sound as pipes, My heart shall sound as a pipe for the shorn men; forasmuch as what every man has gained has perished from him. 37They shall all have their heads shaved in every place, and every beard shall be shaved; and all hands shall beat their breasts, and on all loins shall be sackcloth. 38And on all the housetops of Moab, and in his streets shall be mourining; for I have broken him, says the Lord, as a vessel, which is useless. 39How has he changed! How has Moab turned his back! Moab is put to shame, and become a laughing stock, and an object of anger to all that are round about him. 40For thus said the Lord: 41Kerioth is taken, and the strongholds have been taken together. 42And Moab shall perish from being a multitude, because he has magnified himself against the Lord. 43A snare, and fear, and the pit, are upon you, O inhabitant of Moab. 44He that flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he that comes up out of the pit shall even be taken in the snare; for I will bring these things upon Moab in the year of their visitation.
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