"So my heart laments1 for Moab like a flute; it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth.2 The wealth they acquired3 is gone.
Every head is shaved4 and every beard5 cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.638
On all the roofs in Moab and in the public squares7 there is nothing but mourning, for I have broken Moab like a jar8 that no one wants," declares the LORD.
"How shattered9 she is! How they wail! How Moab turns her back in shame! Moab has become an object of ridicule,10 an object of horror to all those around her."
This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping11 down, spreading its wings12 over Moab.
Keriotha13 will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors14 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.1542
Moab will be destroyed16 as a nation17 because she defied18 the LORD.
Terror19 and pit and snare20 await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
"Whoever flees21 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 year22 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;23 it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls24 of the noisy boasters.
Woe to you, O Moab!25 The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.