The destroyer1 will come against every town, and not a town will escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau2 destroyed, because the LORD has spoken.
Put salt3 on Moab, for she will be laid wastea;4 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 sword5 from bloodshed!611
"Moab has been at rest7 from youth, like wine left on its dregs,8 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 ashamed9 of Chemosh,10 as the house of Israel was ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.1114
"How can you say, 'We are warriors,12 men valiant in battle'?
Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men13 will go down in the slaughter,14" declares the King,15 whose name is the LORD Almighty.1616
"The fall of Moab is at hand;17 her calamity will come quickly.
Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame;18 say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter,19 how broken the glorious staff !'
"Come down from your glory and sit on the parched ground,20 O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon,21 for he who destroys Moab will come up against you and ruin your fortified cities.22