This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Moab,1 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he burned, as if to lime,2 the bones of Edom's king,
I will send fire upon Moab that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.a3 Moab will go down in great tumult amid war cries4 and the blast of the trumpet.53
I will destroy her ruler6 and kill all her officials with him,"7 says the LORD.84
This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Judah,9 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because they have rejected the law10 of the LORD and have not kept his decrees,11 because they have been led astray12 by false gods,b13 the godsc their ancestors followed,145
I will send fire15 upon Judah that will consume the fortresses16 of Jerusalem.17"
This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].18 They sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.197
They trample on the heads of the poor as upon the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.208
They lie down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge.21 In the house of their god they drink wine22 taken as fines.239
"I destroyed the Amorite24 before them, though he was tall25 as the cedars and strong as the oaks.26 I destroyed his fruit above and his roots27 below.
"I brought you up out of Egypt,28 and I led29 you forty years in the desert30 to give you the land of the Amorites.3111
I also raised up prophets32 from among your sons and Nazirites33 from among your young men. Is this not true, people of Israel?" declares the LORD.
"But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.3413
"Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.3514
The swift will not escape,36 the strong37 will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.3815
The archer39 will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman40 will not save his life.4116
Even the bravest warriors42 will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD.