"Give us counsel, render a decision. Make your shadow like night-- at high noon. Hide the fugitives,1 do not betray the refugees.
Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you; be their shelter2 from the destroyer." The oppressor3 will come to an end, and destruction will cease;4 the aggressor will vanish from the land.
In love a throne5 will be established;6 in faithfulness a man will sit on it-- one from the housea of David7-- one who in judging seeks justice8 and speeds the cause of righteousness.
We have heard of Moab's9 pride10-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and her insolence-- but her boasts are empty.
Therefore the Moabites wail,11 they wail together for Moab. Lament and grieve for the menb12 of Kir Hareseth.138
The fields of Heshbon14 wither,15 the vines of Sibmah16 also. The rulers of the nations have trampled down the choicest vines,17 which once reached Jazer18 and spread toward the desert. Their shoots spread out19 and went as far as the sea.209
So I weep,21 as Jazer weeps, for the vines of Sibmah. O Heshbon, O Elealeh,22 I drench you with tears!23 The shouts of joy24 over your ripened fruit and over your harvests25 have been stilled.
Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards;26 no one sings or shouts27 in the vineyards; no one treads28 out wine at the presses,29 for I have put an end to the shouting.
My heart laments for Moab30 like a harp,31 my inmost being32 for Kir Hareseth.
When Moab appears at her high place,33 she only wears herself out; when she goes to her shrine34 to pray, it is to no avail.3513
This is the word the LORD has already spoken concerning Moab.