Jeremiah 48

Prophecy against Moab

Concerning a Moab. Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Woe to b Nebo, for it has been destroyed;
c Kiriathaim has been put to shame, it has been captured;
The lofty stronghold has been put to shame and
Or dismayed
There is praise for Moab no longer;
In e Heshbon they have devised calamity against her:
Come and let us cut her off from being a nation!’
You too
I.e. a city of Moab
Madmen, will be silenced;
The sword will follow after you.
The sound of an outcry from g Horonaim,
Devastation and great destruction!’
Moab is broken,
Her little ones have sounded out a cry of distress.
For by the ascent of h Luhith
They will ascend with continual weeping;
For at the descent of Horonaim
They have heard the
Lit distresses of outcry
anguished cry of destruction.
j Flee, save your lives,
That you may be like a juniper in the wilderness.
For because of your k trust in your own achievements and treasures,
Even you yourself will be captured;
And l Chemosh will go off into exile
Together with his priests and his princes.
A destroyer will come to every city,
So that no city will escape;
The valley also will be ruined
And the m plateau will be destroyed,
As the  Lord has said.
Or salt
o wings to Moab,
For she will
Or fall in ruins
flee away;
And her cities will become a q desolation,
Without inhabitants in them.
10  r Cursed be the one who does the  Lord’s work s negligently,
And cursed be the one who restrains his t sword from blood.

11 Moab has been u at ease since his youth;
He has also been v undisturbed, like wine on
Lit his
its dregs,
And he has not been x emptied from vessel to vessel,
Nor has he gone into exile.
Lit his flavor has stayed in him
he retains his flavor,
And his aroma has not changed.

12 Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when I will send to him those who tip vessels, and they will tip him over, and they will empty his vessels and shatter
Lit their
his jars.
13 And Moab will be aa ashamed of ab Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of ac Bethel, their confidence. 14 How can you say, ‘We are ad mighty warriors,
And men valiant for battle’?
15 Moab has been destroyed and
Lit one has
men have gone up to
Lit her
his cities;
His choicest
I.e. warriors
ah young men have also gone down to the slaughter,”
Declares the ai King, whose name is the  Lord of hosts.
16 The disaster of Moab will aj soon come,
And his calamity has swiftly hastened.
17 Mourn for him, all you who live around him,
Even all of you who know his name;
Say, ‘How has the mighty
Or rod
al scepter been broken,
A staff of splendor!’
18  am Come down from your glory
And sit
Lit in thirst
on the parched ground,
O ao daughter dwelling in ap Dibon,
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you,
He has ruined your strongholds.
19 Stand by the road and keep watch,
O inhabitant of aq Aroer;
ar Ask him who flees and her who escapes
And say, ‘What has happened?’
20 Moab has been put to shame, for it has been
Or dismayed
Wail and cry out;
Declare by the at Arnon
That Moab has been destroyed.

21 Judgment has also come upon the plain, upon Holon, au Jahzah and against av Mephaath, 22 against Dibon, Nebo and Beth-diblathaim, 23 against Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul and aw Beth-meon, 24 against ax Kerioth, Bozrah and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 “The ay horn of Moab has been cut off and his az arm broken,” declares the  Lord. 26  ba Make him drunk, for he has
Or magnified himself against
become bc arrogant toward the  Lord; so Moab will
Or splash into
wallow in his vomit, and he also will become a laughingstock.
27 Now was not Israel a be laughingstock to you? Or was he
Or found
bg caught among thieves? For each time you speak about him you bh shake your head in scorn.
28 Leave the cities and dwell among the bi crags,
O inhabitants of Moab,
And be like a bj dove that nests
Beyond the mouth of the chasm.
29  bk We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud
Of his haughtiness, his bl pride, his arrogance and
Lit elevation of his heart
his self-exaltation.
30 I know his bn fury,” declares the  Lord,
But it is futile;
His idle boasts have accomplished nothing.
31 Therefore I will bo wail for Moab,
Even for all Moab will I cry out;
Another reading is He
I will moan for the men of bq Kir-heres.
32 More than the br weeping for bs Jazer
I will weep for you, O vine of Sibmah!
Your tendrils stretched across the sea,
They reached to the sea of Jazer;
Upon your summer fruits and your grape harvest
The destroyer has fallen.
33 “So bt gladness and joy are taken away
From the fruitful field, even from the land of Moab.
And I have made the wine to bu cease from the wine presses;
No one will tread them with shouting,
The shouting will not be shouts of joy.

34  bv From the outcry at Heshbon even to bw Elealeh, even to Jahaz they have
Lit given forth
raised their voice, from by Zoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah; for even the waters of Nimrim will become desolate.
35 I will make an end of Moab,” declares the  Lord, “the one who offers sacrifice on the bz high place and the one who
Or offers up in smoke
cb burns incense to his gods.

36 Therefore My cc heart
Lit sounds
wails for Moab like flutes; My heart also
Lit sounds
wails like flutes for the men of Kir-heres. Therefore they have cf lost the abundance it produced.
37 “For cg every head is bald and every beard cut short; there are gashes on all the hands and ch sackcloth on the loins. 38 On all the ci housetops of Moab and in its streets
Lit all of it is lamentation
there is lamentation everywhere; for I have broken Moab like an undesirable ck vessel,” declares the  Lord.
39 How
Or dismayed
shattered it is! How they have wailed! How Moab has turned his backhe is ashamed! So Moab will become a laughingstock and an cm object of terror to all around him.”

40 For thus says the  Lord: Behold, one will cn fly swiftly like an eagle
And co spread out his wings against Moab.
41 Kerioth has been captured
And the strongholds have been seized,
So the cp hearts of the mighty men of Moab in that day
Will be like the heart of a cq woman in labor.
42 Moab will be cr destroyed from being a people
Because he has
Or magnified himself against
become ct arrogant toward the  Lord.
43  cu Terror, pit and snare are coming upon you,
O inhabitant of Moab,” declares the  Lord.
44 “The one who cv flees from the terror
Will fall into the pit,
And the one who climbs up out of the pit
Will be caught in the snare;
For I shall bring upon her, even upon Moab,
The year of their cw punishment,” declares the  Lord.

45 In the shadow of Heshbon
The fugitives stand without strength;
For a fire has gone forth from Heshbon
And a cx flame from the midst of cy Sihon,
And it has devoured the cz forehead of Moab
And the scalps of the
Lit sons of tumult
riotous revelers.
46  db Woe to you, Moab!
The people of dc Chemosh have perished;
For your sons have been taken away captive
And your daughters into captivity.
47 “Yet I will dd restore the
Or captivity
fortunes of Moab
In the
Lit end of the days
latter days,” declares the  Lord.

Thus far the judgment on Moab.
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