Isaiah 161 Send lambs to the ruler of the land afrom Sela in the desert b
to the mountain of Daughter ▼
▼Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the futureZion.
2 Like a bird fleeing,
forced from the nest,
the daughters of Moab
will be at the fords of the Arnon.
3 Give us counsel and make a decision.
Shelter us at noonday
with shade that is as dark as night.
Hide the refugees; d
do not betray the one who flees.
4 Let my refugees stay with you;
be a refuge for Moab ▼
▼Or you; Moab – be a refuge for himfrom the aggressor.
When the oppressor has gone,
destruction has ended,
and marauders have vanished from the land.
5 Then in the tent of David
a throne will be established by faithful love. f
A judge who seeks what is right
and is quick to execute justice
will sit on the throne forever.
6 We have heard of Moab’s pride g –
how very proud he is –
his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance,
and his empty boasting.
7 Therefore let Moab wail;
let every one of them wail for Moab.
Mourn, you who are completely devastated,
for the raisin cakes h of Kir-hareseth. i
8 For Heshbon’s terraced vineyards
and the grapevines of Sibmah have withered.
The rulers of the nations
have trampled its choice vines
that reached as far as Jazer j
and spread to the desert.
Their shoots spread out
and reached the Dead Sea. k
9 So I join with Jazer
to weep for the vines of Sibmah;
I drench Heshbon and Elealeh with my tears.
Triumphant shouts have fallen silent ▼
▼Or Battle cries have fallen
over your summer fruit and your harvest.
10 Joy and rejoicing m have been removed from the orchard;
no one is singing or shouting for joy in the vineyards. n
No one tramples grapes ▼
▼Lit winein the winepresses.
I have put an end to the shouting.
11 Therefore I moan like the sound of a lyre for Moab p
as does my innermost being for Kir-heres.
12 When Moab appears on the ▼
▼high place(s): An ancient place of worship most often associated with pagan religions, usually built on an elevated locationhigh place,
when he tires ▼
▼DSS read place, he will tirehimself out s
and comes to his sanctuary to pray,
it will do him no good. t
13 This is the message that the Lord previously announced about Moab. 14And now the Lord says, “In three years, as a hired worker counts years, u Moab’s splendor will become an object of contempt, in spite of a very large population. And those who are left will be few and weak.”
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