Isaiah 16

1 a  Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
from b  Sela, by way of the desert,
to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2Like fleeing birds,
like a scattered nest,
so are the daughters of Moab
at c  the fords of the Arnon.
3 Give counsel;
grant justice;
d  make your shade like night
at the height of noon;
shelter the outcasts;
do not reveal the fugitive;
4let e  the outcasts of Moab
sojourn among you;
be a shelter to them
Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; Masoretic Text  let my outcasts sojourn among you; as for Moab, be a shelter to them

from the destroyer.
When the oppressor is no more,
and destruction has ceased,
and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
5 g  then a throne will be established in steadfast love,
and on it will sit in faithfulness
in the tent of David
one who judges and seeks justice
and is swift to do righteousness.”
6 h  We have heard of the pride of Moab
how proud he is!—
i  of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;
in his idle boasting he is not right.
7Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,
j  let everyone wail.
Mourn, utterly stricken,
for the k  raisin cakes of l  Kir-hareseth.
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish,
and m  the vine of Sibmah;
the lords of the nations
have struck down its branches,
which reached to Jazer
and strayed to the desert;
its shoots spread abroad
and passed over the sea.
9Therefore n  I weep with o  the weeping of Jazer
for the vine of Sibmah;
I drench you with my tears,
O Heshbon and Elealeh;
for over p  your summer fruit and your harvest
the shout has ceased.
10 q  And joy and gladness are taken away from r  the fruitful field,
and in the vineyards no s  songs are sung,
no cheers are raised;
no t  treader treads out wine u  in the presses;
I have put an end to the shouting.
11Therefore v  my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,
and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

12And when Moab presents himself, when w  he wearies himself on x  the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

13This is the word that the  Lord spoke concerning Moab y  in the past. 14But now the  Lord has spoken, saying, “In three years, z  like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be aa  very few and feeble.”

Copyright information for ESV