Isaiah 16

1 Send lambs to the ruler of the land, a

from 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 future
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 him
from 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 wine
in 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 location
high place,
when he tires
DSS read place, he will tire
himself 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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