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 strongholda will be disgraced and shattered.
Moab will be praised4 no more; in Heshbonb5 men will plot her downfall: 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.'6 You too, O Madmen,c will be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
Listen to the cries from Horonaim,7 cries of great havoc and destruction.
Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out.d5
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.
Flee!10 Run for your lives; become like a bushe in the desert.117
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.158
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.
Put salt18 on Moab, for she will be laid wastef;19 her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.
"A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword20 from bloodshed!2111
"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.
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.2614
"How can you say, 'We are warriors,27 men valiant in battle'?
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.3116
"The fall of Moab is at hand;32 her calamity will come quickly.
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 !'
"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.3719
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?'
Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail39 and cry out! Announce by the Arnon40 that Moab is destroyed.
Judgment has come to the plateau41-- to Holon,42 Jahzah43 and Mephaath,4422
to Dibon,45 Nebo46 and Beth Diblathaim,
to Kiriathaim,47 Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,4824
to Kerioth49 and Bozrah50-- to all the towns51 of Moab, far and near.
Moab's horng52 is cut off; her arm53 is broken," declares the LORD.
"Make her drunk,54 for she has defied55 the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit;56 let her be an object of ridicule.5727
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?
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.6329
"We have heard of Moab's pride64-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness65 of her heart.
I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts66 accomplish nothing.
Therefore I wail67 over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.6832
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.
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.
"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.7835
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.
"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.
Every head is shaved84 and every beard85 cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.8638
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.
"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."
This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping91 down, spreading its wings92 over Moab.
Keriothh93 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.9542
Moab will be destroyed96 as a nation97 because she defied98 the LORD.
Terror99 and pit and snare100 await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
"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.
"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.
Woe to you, O Moab!105 The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
"Yet I will restore106 the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.