Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you; be their shelter1 from the destroyer." The oppressor2 will come to an end, and destruction will cease;3 the aggressor will vanish from the land.
In love a throne4 will be established;5 in faithfulness a man will sit on it-- one from the housea of David6-- one who in judging seeks justice7 and speeds the cause of righteousness.
We have heard of Moab's8 pride9-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and her insolence-- but her boasts are empty.
Therefore the Moabites wail,10 they wail together for Moab. Lament and grieve for the menb11 of Kir Hareseth.128
The fields of Heshbon13 wither,14 the vines of Sibmah15 also. The rulers of the nations have trampled down the choicest vines,16 which once reached Jazer17 and spread toward the desert. Their shoots spread out18 and went as far as the sea.199
So I weep,20 as Jazer weeps, for the vines of Sibmah. O Heshbon, O Elealeh,21 I drench you with tears!22 The shouts of joy23 over your ripened fruit and over your harvests24 have been stilled.
Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards;25 no one sings or shouts26 in the vineyards; no one treads27 out wine at the presses,28 for I have put an end to the shouting.
My heart laments for Moab29 like a harp,30 my inmost being31 for Kir Hareseth.
When Moab appears at her high place,32 she only wears herself out; when she goes to her shrine33 to pray, it is to no avail.3413
This is the word the LORD has already spoken concerning Moab.
But now the LORD says: "Within three years,35 as a servant bound by contract36 would count them,37 Moab's splendor and all her many people will be despised,38 and her survivors will be very few and feeble."39