i[See ver. 3 above]
k[See ver. 3 above]
al[See ver. 17 above]
an[See ver. 15 above]
aq[See ver. 18 above]

Jeremiah 48

Judgment on Moab

1 a  Concerning Moab.

Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

Woe to b  Nebo, for it is laid waste!
c  Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;
the fortress is put to shame d  and broken down;
2the renown of Moab is no more.
In e  Heshbon they planned disaster against her:
Come, let us cut her off f  from being a nation!’
You also, O g  Madmen, shall be brought to silence;
the sword shall pursue you.
3 “A voice! A cry from h  Horonaim,
Desolation and great destruction!’
4Moab is destroyed;
her little ones have made a cry.
5 i  For at the ascent of Luhith
they go up weeping;
Hebrew weeping goes up with weeping

for k  at the descent of Horonaim
they have heard the distressed cry
Septuagint (compare Isaiah 15:5)  heard the cry
of destruction.
6Flee! Save yourselves!
You will be like m  a juniper in the desert!
7For n  because you trusted in your works and your treasures,
you also shall be taken;
and o  Chemosh p  shall go into exile
with q  his priests and his officials.
8 r  The destroyer shall come upon every city,
and no city shall escape;
the valley shall perish,
and s  the plain shall be destroyed,
as the  Lord has spoken.
9 Give wings to Moab,
for she would fly away;
her cities shall become a desolation,
with no inhabitant in them.

10 t  Cursed is he who does u  the work of the  Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

11 Moab has been at ease from his youth
and has v  settled on his dregs;
he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
nor has he gone into exile;
so his taste remains in him,
and his scent is not changed.

12Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the  Lord, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his
Septuagint, Aquila; Hebrew their
jars in pieces.
13Then x  Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as y  the house of Israel was ashamed of z  Bethel, their confidence.

14 How do you say, ‘We are heroes
and mighty men of war’?
15The destroyer of aa  Moab and his cities has come up,
and the choicest of his young men have ab  gone down to slaughter,
declares ac  the King ad  whose name is the  Lord of hosts.
16The calamity of Moab is near at hand,
and his affliction hastens swiftly.
17 ae  Grieve for him, all you who are around him,
and all who know his name;
say af  How the mighty scepter is broken,
the glorious staff.’
18 ag  “Come down from your glory,
and sit on the parched ground,
O inhabitant of ah  Dibon!
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you;
he has destroyed your strongholds.
19 ai  Stand by the way aj  and watch,
O inhabitant of ak  Aroer!
Ask him who flees and her who escapes;
say, ‘What has happened?’
20Moab is put to shame, for it is broken;
al  wail and cry!
Tell it beside am  the Arnon,
that an  Moab is laid waste.

21Judgment has come upon ao  the tableland, upon Holon, and ap  Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22and aq  Dibon, and ar  Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23and as  Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and at  Beth-meon, 24and au  Kerioth, and av  Bozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 aw  The horn of Moab is cut off, and ax  his arm is broken, declares the  Lord.

26 ay  “Make him drunk az  because he magnified himself against the  Lord, so that Moab shall ba  wallow in his vomit bb  and he too shall be held in derision. 27 bc  Was not Israel a derision to you? bd  Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him be  you wagged your head?

28 bf  Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,
O inhabitants of Moab!
Be bg  like the dove that nests
in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.
29 bh  We have heard of the pride of Moab
he is very proud
of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance,
and the haughtiness of his heart.
30I know his insolence, declares the  Lord;
bi  his boasts are false,
his deeds are false.
31 bj  Therefore I wail for Moab;
I cry out for all Moab;
for the men of bk  Kir-hareseth I mourn.
32More than for bl  Jazer I weep for you,
bm  O vine of bn  Sibmah!
bo  Your branches passed over the sea,
reached to the Sea of bp  Jazer;
on your summer fruits and your grapes
the destroyer has fallen.
33 bq  Gladness and joy have been taken away
from the fruitful land of Moab;
I have made the wine cease from the winepresses;
no one treads them with shouts of joy;
the shouting is not the shout of joy.

34 br  From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to bs  Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. 35And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the  Lord, him who offers sacrifice in bt  the high place and makes offerings to his god. 36Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of bu  Kir-hareseth. bv  Therefore the riches they gained have perished.

37 bw  For every head is shaved and every beard cut off. bx  On all the hands are gashes, and by  around the waist is sackcloth. 38On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like bz  a vessel for which no one cares, declares the  Lord. 39How it is broken! How they wail! ca  How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab cb  has become a derision and a horror to all that are around him.”

40 For thus says the  Lord:
Behold, cc  one shall fly swiftly like an eagle
cd  and spread his wings against Moab;
41 ce  the cities shall be taken
and the strongholds seized.
cf  The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day
like the heart of cg  a woman in her birth pains;
42Moab shall be ch  destroyed and be no longer a people,
because ci  he magnified himself against the  Lord.
43 cj  Terror, pit, and snare
are before you, O inhabitant of Moab!

declares the  Lord.
44He who flees from the terror
shall fall into the pit,
and he who climbs out of the pit
shall be caught in the snare.
ck  For I will bring these things upon Moab,
the year of their punishment,

declares the  Lord.
45 “In the shadow of Heshbon
fugitives stop without strength,
for fire came out from Heshbon,
flame from the house of Sihon;
it has destroyed cl  the forehead of Moab,
the crown of cm  the sons of tumult.
46 cn  Woe to you, O Moab!
The people of co  Chemosh are undone,
for your sons have been taken captive,
and your daughters into captivity.
47 cp  Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
in the latter days, declares the  Lord.”
Thus far is the judgment on Moab.
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