Concerning Moab:1 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Woe to Nebo,2 for it will be ruined. Kiriathaim3 will be disgraced and captured; the stronghold will be disgraced and shattered.
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Moab will be praised4 no more; in Heshbon5 men will plot her downfall: 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.'6 You too, O Madmen, will be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
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Listen to the cries from Horonaim,7 cries of great havoc and destruction.
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Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out.
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They go up the way to Luhith,8 weeping bitterly as they go; on the road down to Horonaim9 anguished cries over the destruction are heard.
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Flee!10 Run for your lives; become like a bush in the desert.11
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Since you trust in your deeds and riches,12 you too will be taken captive, and Chemosh13 will go into exile,14 together with his priests and officials.15
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The destroyer16 will come against every town, and not a town will escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau17 destroyed, because the LORD has spoken.
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Put salt18 on Moab, for she will be laid waste;19 her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.
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"A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword20 from bloodshed!21
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"Moab has been at rest22 from youth, like wine left on its dregs,23 not poured from one jar to another-- she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged.
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But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will send men who pour from jars, and they will pour her out; they will empty her jars and smash her jugs.
Then Moab will be ashamed24 of Chemosh,25 as the house of Israel was ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.26
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"How can you say, 'We are warriors,27 men valiant in battle'?
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Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men28 will go down in the slaughter,29" declares the King,30 whose name is the LORD Almighty.31
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"The fall of Moab is at hand;32 her calamity will come quickly.
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Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame;33 say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter,34 how broken the glorious staff !'
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"Come down from your glory and sit on the parched ground,35 O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon,36 for he who destroys Moab will come up against you and ruin your fortified cities.37
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Stand by the road and watch, you who live in Aroer.38 Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping, ask them, 'What has happened?'
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Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail39 and cry out! Announce by the Arnon40 that Moab is destroyed.
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Judgment has come to the plateau41-- to Holon,42 Jahzah43 and Mephaath,44
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to Dibon,45 Nebo46 and Beth Diblathaim,
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to Kiriathaim,47 Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,48
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to Kerioth49 and Bozrah50-- to all the towns51 of Moab, far and near.
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Moab's horn52 is cut off; her arm53 is broken," declares the LORD.
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"Make her drunk,54 for she has defied55 the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit;56 let her be an object of ridicule.57
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Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?58 Was she caught among thieves,59 that you shake your head60 in scorn61 whenever you speak of her?
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Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a dove62 that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave.63
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"We have heard of Moab's pride64-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness65 of her heart.
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I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts66 accomplish nothing.
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Therefore I wail67 over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.68
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I weep for you, as Jazer69 weeps, O vines of Sibmah.70 Your branches spread as far as the sea; they reached as far as the sea of Jazer. The destroyer has fallen on your ripened fruit and grapes.
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Joy and gladness are gone from the orchards and fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine71 from the presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy.72 Although there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy.
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"The sound of their cry rises from Heshbon73 to Elealeh74 and Jahaz,75 from Zoar76 as far as Horonaim77 and Eglath Shelishiyah, for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.78
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In Moab I will put an end to those who make offerings on the high places79 and burn incense80 to their gods," declares the LORD.
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"So my heart laments81 for Moab like a flute; it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth.82 The wealth they acquired83 is gone.
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Every head is shaved84 and every beard85 cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.86
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On all the roofs in Moab and in the public squares87 there is nothing but mourning, for I have broken Moab like a jar88 that no one wants," declares the LORD.
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"How shattered89 she is! How they wail! How Moab turns her back in shame! Moab has become an object of ridicule,90 an object of horror to all those around her."
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This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping91 down, spreading its wings92 over Moab.
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Kerioth93 will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors94 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.95
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Moab will be destroyed96 as a nation97 because she defied98 the LORD.
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Terror99 and pit and snare100 await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
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"Whoever flees101 from the terror will fall into a pit, whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare; for I will bring upon Moab the year102 of her punishment," declares the LORD.
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"In the shadow of Heshbon the fugitives stand helpless, for a fire has gone out from Heshbon, a blaze from the midst of Sihon;103 it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls104 of the noisy boasters.
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Woe to you, O Moab!105 The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
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"Yet I will restore106 the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.
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