Keriotha1 will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors2 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.342
Moab will be destroyed4 as a nation5 because she defied6 the LORD.
Terror7 and pit and snare8 await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
"Whoever flees9 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 year10 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;11 it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls12 of the noisy boasters.
Woe to you, O Moab!13 The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
"Yet I will restore14 the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.