Every head is shaved1 and every beard2 cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.338
On all the roofs in Moab and in the public squares4 there is nothing but mourning, for I have broken Moab like a jar5 that no one wants," declares the LORD.
"How shattered6 she is! How they wail! How Moab turns her back in shame! Moab has become an object of ridicule,7 an object of horror to all those around her."
This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping8 down, spreading its wings9 over Moab.
Keriotha10 will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors11 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.1242
Moab will be destroyed13 as a nation14 because she defied15 the LORD.
Terror16 and pit and snare17 await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
"Whoever flees18 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 year19 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;20 it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls21 of the noisy boasters.
Woe to you, O Moab!22 The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
"Yet I will restore23 the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.