A Prophecy of Moab's Devastation1 Send the [tribute] lambs to the ruler of the land, from Sela in the desert to the mount of the Daughter of Zion. 2 Like fluttering birds pushed out of the nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon: 3 “Give us counsel, render a decision. Shelter us at noonday with shade as dark as night. Hide the refugees; do not betray the one who flees. 4 Let my fugitives stay with you; be a refuge for Moab from the destroyer.” When the oppressor has gone, destruction has ceased, and the oppressors have vanished from the land, 5 in loving devotion a throne will be established in the tent of David. A judge seeking justice and prompt in righteousness will sit on [it] in faithfulness. 6 We have heard of Moab’s pride, his exceeding pride [and] conceit, his overflowing arrogance. But his boasting is empty. 7 Therefore let Moab wail; let them wail together for Moab. Mourn for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth, you who are utterly stricken. 8 For the fields of Heshbon have withered, along with the grapevines of Sibmah. The rulers of the nations have trampled its choicest vines that reached as far as Jazer and spread toward the desert. Their shoots spread out and reached the sea. ▼
▼ Probably the Dead Sea9 So I weep with Jazer for the vines of Sibmah; I drench Heshbon and Elealeh with my tears. Triumphant shouts have fallen silent over your summer fruit and your harvest. 10 Joy and gladness are removed from the orchard; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards. No one tramples the grapes in the winepresses; I have put an end to the cheering. 11 Therefore my heart laments for Moab like a harp, my inmost being for Kir-hareseth. 12 When Moab appears on the high place, when he wearies himself and enters his sanctuary to pray, it will do him no good. 13 This is the message that the LORD spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14 And now the LORD says, “In three years, as a hired worker counts the years, Moab’s splendor will become an object of contempt, with all her many people. And those who are left will be few [and] feeble.”
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