Compare Translations for Jeremiah 48:2

Jeremiah 48:2 ASV
The praise of Moab is no more; in Heshbon they have devised evil against her: Come, and let us cut her off from being a nation. Thou also, O Madmen, shalt be brought to silence: the sword shall pursue thee.
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Jeremiah 48:2 BBE
The praise of Moab has come to an end; as for Heshbon, evil has been designed against her; come, let us put an end to her as a nation. But your mouth will be shut, O Madmen; the sword will go after you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 CEB
No one sings Moab's praise any longer! In Heshbon they are hatching a plot against her: "Come, let's bring down the nation!" You too, madmen, will be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 CJB
"In Mo'av, nothing is left to praise. At Heshbon they plotted her downfall: 'Come, we'll cut her off as a nation.' You too, Madmein, will be silenced; the sword pursues behind you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 RHE
There is no more rejoicing in Moab over Hesebon: they have devised evil. Come, and let us cut it off from being a nation. Therefore shalt thou in silence hold thy peace, and the sword shall follow thee.
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Jeremiah 48:2 ESV
the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned disaster against her: 'Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!' You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 GW
People will no longer praise Moab. The people in Heshbon will plan Moab's destruction. "Let's destroy that nation!" You will be silenced, city of Madmen. Death will come after you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 GNT
the splendor of Moab is gone. The enemy have captured Heshbon and plot to destroy the nation of Moab. The town of Madmen will be silenced; armies will march against it.
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Jeremiah 48:2 HNV
The praise of Mo'av is no more; in Heshbon they have devised evil against her: Come, and let us cut her off from being a nation. You also, Madmen, shall be brought to silence: the sword shall pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 CSB
There is no longer praise for Moab; they plan harm against her in Heshbon: Come, let's cut her off from nationhood. You madmen will also be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 KJV
There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come , and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down , O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee.
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Jeremiah 48:2 LEB
The glory of Moab is no longer. In Heshbon they planned evil against her. Come and let us cut her off from [being] a nation. Also, Madmen, you will be silent. After you will go [the] sword.
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Jeremiah 48:2 NAS
"There is praise for Moab no longer ; In Heshbon they have devised calamity against her: 'Come and let us cut her off from being a nation !' You too, Madmen, will be silenced ; The sword will follow after you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 NCV
Moab will not be praised again. Men in the town of Heshbon plan Moab's defeat. They say, 'Come, let us put an end to that nation!' Town of Madmen, you will also be silenced. The sword will chase you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 NIRV
Moab will not be praised anymore. In Heshbon people will plan its fall from power. They will say, 'Come. Let's put an end to that nation.' City of Madmen, you too will be silent because you are sad. My sword will hunt you down.
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Jeremiah 48:2 NIV
Moab will be praised no more; in Heshbon men will plot her downfall: 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.' You too, O Madmen, will be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 NKJV
No more praise of Moab. In Heshbon they have devised evil against her: 'Come, and let us cut her off as a nation.' You also shall be cut down, O Madmen! The sword shall pursue you;
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Jeremiah 48:2 NLT
No one will ever brag about Moab again, for there is a plot against her life. In Heshbon plans have been completed to destroy her. 'Come,' they say, 'we will cut her off from being a nation.' The city of Madmen, too, will be silenced; the sword will follow you there.
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Jeremiah 48:2 NRS
the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned evil against her: "Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!" You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 RSV
the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned evil against her: 'Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!' You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 DBY
Moab's praise is no more; in Heshbon they have devised evil against her: Come, and let us cut her off from [being] a nation. Thou also, O Madmen, shalt be cut down; the sword shall pursue thee.
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Jeremiah 48:2 MSG
Moab's glory - dust and ashes. Conspirators plot Heshbon's doom: 'Come, let's wipe Moab off the map.' Dungface Dimon will loudly lament, as killing follows killing.
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Jeremiah 48:2 WBT
[There shall be] no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from [being] a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee.
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Jeremiah 48:2 TMB
There shall be no more praise of Moab; in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; `Come, and let us cut it off from being a nation.' Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee.
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Jeremiah 48:2 TNIV
Moab will be praised no more; in Heshbon people will plot her downfall: 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.' You, the people of Madmen, will also be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 WEB
The praise of Moab is no more; in Heshbon they have devised evil against her: Come, and let us cut her off from being a nation. You also, Madmen, shall be brought to silence: the sword shall pursue you.
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Jeremiah 48:2 WYC
And full out joying is no more in Moab; they thought evil against Heshbon. Come ye, and lose we it from [the] folk. Therefore thou being still, [thou] shalt be stilled, and sword shall follow thee. (And rejoicing is no longer in Moab; they plotted evil against Heshbon. Come ye, and let us destroy them from being a nation. And so thou shalt be silenced, O town of Madmen, yea, the sword shall follow after thee.)
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Jeremiah 48:2 YLT
There is no more praise of Moab, In Heshbon they devised against it evil: Come, and we cut it off from [being] a nation, Also, O Madmen, thou art cut off, After thee goeth a sword.
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Jeremiah 48 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 48

Prophecies against Moab for pride and security. (1-13) For carnal confidence and contempt of God. (14-47)

1-13. The Chaldeans are to destroy the Moabites. We should be thankful that we are required to seek the salvation of men's lives, and the salvation of their souls, not to shed their blood; but we shall be the more without excuse if we do this pleasant work deceitfully. The cities shall be laid in ruins, and the country shall be wasted. There will be great sorrow. There will be great hurry. If any could give wings to sinners, still they could not fly out of the reach of Divine indignation. There are many who persist in unrepented iniquity, yet long enjoy outward prosperity. They had been long corrupt and unreformed, secure and sensual in prosperity. They have no changes of their peace and prosperity, therefore their hearts and lives are unchanged, ( Psalms 55:19 ) .

14-47. The destruction of Moab is further prophesied, to awaken them by national repentance and reformation to prevent the trouble, or by a personal repentance and reformation to prepare for it. In reading this long roll of threatenings, and mediating on the terror, it will be of more use to us to keep in view the power of God's anger and the terror of his judgments, and to have our hearts possessed with a holy awe of God and of his wrath, than to search into all the figures and expressions here used. Yet it is not perpetual destruction. The chapter ends with a promise of their return out of captivity in the latter days. Even with Moabites God will not contend for ever, nor be always wroth. The Jews refer it to the days of the Messiah; then the captives of the Gentiles, under the yoke of sin and Satan, shall be brought back by Divine grace, which shall make them free indeed.

Jeremiah 48 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 48

Jeremiah 48:1-47 . PROPHECY AGAINST MOAB.

It had taken part with the Chaldeans against Judea ( 2 Kings 24:2 ). Fulfilled by Nebuchadnezzar five years after the destruction of Jerusalem, when also he attacked Egypt ( Jeremiah 43:8-13 ) and Ammon ( Jeremiah 49:1-6 ). [JOSEPHUS, Antiquities, 10:9,7]. Jeremiah in this prophecy uses that of Isaiah 15:1-16:14', amplifying and adapting it to his purpose under inspiration, at the same time confirming its divine authority. Isaiah, however, in his prophecy refers to the devastation of Moab by the Assyrian king, Shalmaneser; Jeremiah refers to that by Nebuchadnezzar.

1. Nebo--a mountain and town of Moab; its meaning is "that which fructifies."
Kiriathaim--a city of Moab, consisting of two cities, as the word signifies; originally held by the Emim ( Genesis 14:5 ).
Misgab--meaning "elevation." It lay on an elevation.

2. no more praise--( Isaiah 16:14 ).
in Heshbon--The foe having taken Heshbon, the chief city of Moab ( Jeremiah 48:45 ), in it devise evil against Moab ("it") saying, Come," &c. Heshbon was midway between the rivers Arnon and Jabbok; it was the residence of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and afterwards a Levitical city in Gad ( Numbers 21:26 ). There is a play on words in the Hebrew, "Heshbon, Hashbu." Heshbon means a place of devising or counsel. The city, heretofore called the seat of counsel, shall find other counsellors, namely, those who devise its destruction.
thou shall be cut down . . . Madmen--rather, by a play on words on the meaning of madmen ("silence"), Thou shalt be brought to silence, so as well to deserve thy name ( Isaiah 15:1 ). Thou shalt not dare to utter a sound.

3. Horonaim--the same as the city Avara, mentioned by PTOLEMY. The word means "double caves" ( Nehemiah 2:10 , Isaiah 15:5 ).

4. little ones . . . cry--heightening the distress of the scene. The foe does not spare even infants.

5. going up of Luhith . . . going down of Horonaim--Horonaim lay in a plain, Luhith on a height. To the latter, therefore, the Moabites would flee with "continual weeping," as a place of safety from the Chaldeans. Literally, "Weeping shall go up upon weeping."

6. They exhort one another to flee.
heath--or the juniper MAURER translates, "Be like one naked in the wilderness." But the sense is, Live in the wilderness like the heath, or juniper; do not "trust in" walls ( Jeremiah 48:7 ) [GROTIUS]. (Compare Matthew 24:16-18 ).

7. thy works--namely, fortifications built by thy work. Moab was famous for its fortresses ( Jeremiah 48:18 ). The antithesis is to Jeremiah 48:6 , "Be . . . in the wilderness," where there are no fortified cities.
thou . . . also--like the rest of the surrounding peoples, Judah, &c.
Chemosh--the tutelary god of Moab ( Numbers 21:29 , Judges 11:24 , 1 Kings 11:7 , 2 Kings 23:13 ). When a people were vanquished, their gods also were taken away by the victors ( Jeremiah 43:12 ).

8. the valley . . . shall perish--that is, those dwelling in the valley.

9. Give wings, &c.--( Psalms 55:6 ). Unless it get wings, it cannot escape the foe. "Wings," the Hebrew root meaning is a "flower" ( Job 14:2 ); so the flower-like plumage of a bird.

10. work of . . . Lord--the divinely appointed utter devastation of Moab. To represent how entirely this is God's will, a curse is pronounced on the Chaldeans, the instrument, if they do it negligently (Margin) or by halves ( Judges 5:23 ); compare Saul's sin as to Amalek ( 1 Samuel 15:3 1 Samuel 15:9 ), and Ahab's as to Syria ( 1 Kings 20:42 ).

Zephaniah 1:12 ). As wine left to settle on its own lees retains its flavor and strength (which it would lose by being poured from one vessel into another), so Moab, owing to its never having been dislodged from its settlements, retains its pride of strength unimpaired.
emptied from vessel, &c.--To make it fit for use, it used to be filtered from vessel to vessel.
scent--retaining the image: the bouquet or perfume of the wine.

12. wanderers--rather, "pourers out," retaining the image of Jeremiah 48:11 , that is, the Chaldeans who shall remove Moab from his settlements, as men pour wine from off the lees into other vessels. "His vessels" are the cities of Moab; the broken "bottles" the men slain [GROTIUS]. The Hebrew and the kindred Arabic word means, "to turn on one side," so as to empty a vessel [MAURER].

13. ashamed--have the shame of disappointment as to the hopes they entertained of aid from Chemosh, their idol.
Beth-el--( 1 Kings 12:27 1 Kings 12:29 )--that is, the golden calf set up there by Jeroboam.

15. gone up . . . gone down--in antithesis.
out of her cities--Rather, "Moab . . . and her cities are gone up," namely, pass away in the ascending smoke of their conflagration ( Joshua 8:20 Joshua 8:21 , Judges 20:40 ). When this took place, the young warriors would go down from the burning citadels only to meet their own slaughter [GROTIUS]. English Version is somewhat favored by the fact that "gone out" is singular, and "cities" plural. The antithesis favors GROTIUS.

16. near--to the prophet's eye, though probably twenty-three years elapsed between the utterance of the prophecy in the fourth year of Jehoiakim ( 2 Kings 24:2 ) and its fulfilment in the fifth year of Nebuchadnezzar.

17. bemoan--Not that Moab deserves pity, but this mode of expression pictures more vividly the grievousness of Moab's calamities.
all ye that know his name--those at a greater distance whom the fame of Moab's "name" had reached, as distinguished from those "about him," that is, near.
strong staff . . . rod--Moab is so called as striking terror into and oppressing other peoples ( Isaiah 9:4 , Isaiah 14:4 Isaiah 14:5 ); also because of its dignity and power ( Psalms 110:2 , Zechariah 11:7 ).

18. ( Isaiah 47:1 ).
dost inhabit--now so securely settled as if in a lasting habitation.
thirst--Dibon, being situated on the Arnon, abounded in water ( Isaiah 15:9 ). In sad contrast with this, and with her "glory" in general, she shall be reduced not only to shame, but to the want of the commonest necessaries ("thirst") in the arid wilderness ( Jeremiah 48:6 ).

19. Aroer--on the north bank of the Arnon, a city of Ammon ( Deuteronomy 2:36 , 3:12 ). As it was on "the way" of the Moabites who fled into the desert, its inhabitants "ask" what is the occasion of Moab's flight, and so learn the lot that awaits themselves (compare 1 Samuel 4:13 1 Samuel 4:16 ).

20. Answer of the fleeing Moabites to the Ammonite inquirers ( Jeremiah 48:19 , Isaiah 16:2 ). He enumerates the Moabite cities at length, as it seemed so incredible that all should be so utterly ruined. Many of them were assigned to the Levites, while Israel stood.
in Arnon--the north boundary between Moab and Ammon ( Jeremiah 48:19 , Numbers 21:13 ).

21. plain--( Jeremiah 48:8 ). Not only the mountainous regions, but also the plain, shall be wasted.
Holon--(Compare Joshua 15:51 ).
Jahazah--( Numbers 21:23 , Isaiah 15:4 ).
Mephaath--( Joshua 13:18 , 21:37 ).

22. Beth-diblathaim--"the house of Diblathaim": Almon-diblathaim ( Numbers 33:46 ); "Diblath" ( Ezekiel 6:13 ); not far from Mount Nebo ( Numbers 33:46 Numbers 33:47 ).

23. Beth-gamul--meaning "the city of camels."
Beth-meon--"the house of habitation": Beth-baalmeon ( Joshua 13:17 ). Now its ruins are called Miun.

24. Kerioth--( Joshua 15:25 , Amos 2:2 ). of Edom, though belonging originally to Moab ( Genesis 36:33 , Isaiah 63:1 ). Others think the Bozrah in Edom distinct from that of Moab. "Bezer" ( Joshua 21:36 ).

25. horn--the emblem of strength and sovereignty: it is the horned animal's means of offense and defense ( Psalms 75:5 Psalms 75:10 , Lamentations 2:3 ).

Jeremiah 25:17 ). Intoxicated with the cup of divine wrath, so as to be in helpless distraction.
magnified . . . against . . . Lord--boasted arrogantly against God's people, that whereas Israel was fallen, Moab remained flourishing.
wallow in . . . vomit--following up the image of a drunken man, that is, shall be so afflicted by God's wrath as to disgorge all his past pride, riches, and vainglory, and fall in his shameful abasement.
he also . . . derision--He in his disaster shall be an object of derision to us, as we in ours have been to him ( Jeremiah 48:27 ). Retribution in kind.

27. ( Zephaniah 2:8 ).
a derision--The Hebrew has the article: referring to Jeremiah 48:26 , "Was not Israel (the whole nation) the object of derision to thee?" Therefore, Moab is to suffer as formerly for its exultation over the calamity ( 2 Kings 17:6 ) of the ten tribes under the Assyrian Shalmaneser (Isaiah 15:1-16:14'), so now for its exultation over the fall of Judah, under the Chaldean Nebuchadnezzar. God takes up His people's cause as His own ( Obadiah 1:13-18 ).
was he . . . among thieves--( Jeremiah 2:26 ). Proverbial. What did Israel do to deserve such derision? Was he detected in theft, that thou didst so exult over him in speaking of him? Though guilty before God, Israel was guiltless towards thee.
since--"since ever" thou didst begin speaking of him.
skippedst for joy--at Israel's calamity [CALVIN]; or, "thou didst shake thy head" in "derision" [MAURER].

28. Doves often have their nests in the "sides" of caverns. No longer shalt thou have cities to shelter thee: thou shalt have to flee for shelter to caves and deserts ( Psalms 55:6 Psalms 55:8 , Solomon 2:14 ).

29. pride--( Isaiah 16:6 Isaiah 16:7 ). Moab was the trumpeter of his own fame. Jeremiah adds "loftiness and arrogancy" to Isaiah's picture, so that Moab had not only not been bettered by the chastisement previously endured as foretold by Isaiah, but had even become worse; so that his guilt, and therefore his sentence of punishment, are increased now. Six times Moab's pride (or the synonyms) are mentioned, to show the exceeding hatefulness of his sin.

30. I know--Moab's "proud arrogancy" ( Jeremiah 48:29 ) or "wrath," against My people, is not unknown to Me.
it shall not be so--The result shall not be so as he thinks: his lies shall not so effect what he aims at by them. CALVIN translates, "his lies are not right (that is, his vauntings are vain because God will not give them effect); they shall not do so" as they project in their minds, for God will set at naught their plans.

31. I will cry . . . for . . . Moab--Not that it deserves pity, but the prophet's "crying" for it vividly represents the greatness of the calamity.
Kir-heres--Kir-hareseth, in Isaiah 16:7 ; city of the sun" [GROTIUS]. Here "the men of Kir-heres" are substituted for "the foundations of Kir-hareseth," in Isaiah 16:7 . The change answers probably to the different bearing of the disaster under Nebuchadnezzar, as compared with that former one under Shalmaneser.

32. with the weeping--with the same weeping as Jazer, now vanquished, wept with for the destruction of its vines. The same calamity shall befall thee, Sibmah, as befell Jazer. The Hebrew preposition here is different from that in Isaiah 16:9 , for which reason MAURER translates, "with more than the weeping of Jazer." English Version understands it of the continuation of the weeping; after they have wept for Jazer, fresh subject of lamentation will present itself for the wasting of the vine-abounding Sibmah.
plants . . . gone over . . . sea of Jazer--As the Septuagint reads "cities of Jazer," and as no traces of a lake near Jazer are found, the reading of English Version is doubtful. Retaining the present reading, we avoid the difficulty by translating [GROTIUS], "Thy plants (that is, citizens: alluding to the 'vine') are gone over the sea (that is, shall be transported beyond the sea to Cyprus, and such distant lands subject to Babylon; and this, too, in summertime), whereas Jazer (that is, the men of Jazer) reached the sea" (shore only, but are not transported beyond the sea); so that worse shall befall thee than befalls Jazer.
spoiler--Nebuzara-dan.

33. the plentiful field--rather, "Carmel": as the parallel "land of Moab" requires, though in Isaiah 16:10 , it is "the plentiful field." Joy is taken away as from the nearer regions (Canaan and Palestine), so from the farther "land of Moab"; what has happened to Judah shall befall Moab, too ( Jeremiah 48:26 Jeremiah 48:27 ) [MAURER]. However, Moab alone seems to be spoken of here; nor does the parallelism forbid "plentiful field" answering to "Moab." English Version is therefore better.
shouting--repeated; as at the conclusion of the vintage, men sing over and over again the same cry of joy. A shouting shall be heard, but not the joyous shouting of laborers treading the grapes, but the terrible battle cry of the foe.

34. From the cry of Heshbon, &c.--Those who fly from Heshbon on its capture shall continue the cry even as far as Elealeh . . . . There will be continued cries in all quarters, from one end to the other, everywhere slaughter and wasting.
as an heifer of three years old--Moab heretofore not having known foreign yoke, and in its full strength, is compared to an heifer of three years old, never yet yoked, nor as yet worn out with many birth-givings (compare Note,
waters . . . of Nimrim--that is, the well-watered and therefore luxuriant pastures of Nimrim.
desolate--The Hebrew is stronger: not merely shall be "desolate," but desolation itself multiplied: plural, "desolations." The most fertile tracts shall be dried up.

35. him that offereth--namely, whole burnt offerings as the Hebrew requires [GROTIUS]. Compare the awful burnt offering of the king of Moab ( 2 Kings 3:27 ).
high places--( Isaiah 16:12 ).


like pipes--a plaintive instrument, therefore used at funerals and in general mourning.
riches . . . gotten--literally, the abundance . . . that which is over and above the necessaries of life. GROTIUS translates, "They who have been left remaining shall perish"; they who have not been slain by the enemy shall perish by disease and famine.

Isaiah 15:2 Isaiah 15:3 ).
upon all . . . hands--that is, arms, in which such cuttings used to be made in token of grief (compare Zechariah 13:6 ).

38. vessel . . . no pleasure--(See Jeremiah 22:28 ); a vessel cast aside by the potter as refuse, not answering his design.

39. it--Moab.
How . . . how--prodigious, yet sure to happen.
turned the back--not daring to show her face.
derision . . . dismaying to all--a derision to some; a dismaying to others in beholding such a judgment of God, fearing a like fate for themselves.

40. he--Nebuzara-dan, the captain of Nebuchadnezzar.
as . . . eagle--not to bear them "on eagles' wings" ( Exodus 19:4 , Deuteronomy 32:11 Deuteronomy 32:12 ), as God does His people, but to pounce on them as a prey ( Jeremiah 49:22 , Deuteronomy 28:49 , Habakkuk 1:8 ).

41. as . . . woman in . . . pangs--( Isaiah 13:8 ).

44. When thou thinkest thou hast escaped one kind of danger, a fresh one will start up.

45. under . . . shadow of Heshbon--They thought that they would be safe in Heshbon.
because of the force--that is, "they that fled because of the force" of the enemy: they that fled from it. GLASSIUS translates, "through want of strength." So the Hebrew particle is translated ( Psalms 109:24 ), "faileth of fatness," that is, "faileth through want of fatness"; also Lamentations 4:9 .
but a fire, &c.--copied in part from Sihon's hymn of victory ( Numbers 21:27 Numbers 21:28 ). The old "proverb" shall hold good again. As in ancient times Sihon, king of the Amorites, issued forth from his city, Heshbon, as a devouring "flame" and consumed Moab, so now the Chaldeans, making Heshbon their starting-point, shall advance to the destruction of Moab.
midst of Sihon--that is, the city of Sihon.
corner of Moab--that is, Moab from one corner to the other.
crown of . . . head--the most elevated points of Moab. Making some alterations, he here copies Balaam's prophecy ( Numbers 24:17 ). Margin there translates "princes" for corners; if so, "crown of . . . head" here refers to the nobles.
tumultuous ones--sons of tumult; those who have tumultuously revolted from Babylon. Heshbon passed from the Amorite to the Israelite sway. Moab had wrested it from Israel and helped the Chaldeans against the Jews; but revolting from Babylon, they brought ruin on themselves in turn.

46. Copied from Numbers 21:29 .

47. Restoration promised to Moab, for the sake of righteous Lot, their progenitor ( Genesis 19:37 , Exodus 20:6 , Psalms 89:30-33 ). Compare as to Egypt, Jeremiah 46:26 ; Ammon, Jeremiah 49:6 ; Elam, Jeremiah 49:39 . Gospel blessings, temporal and spiritual, to the Gentiles in the last days, are intended.