Jeremiah 48:14-47 NIV

14 "How can you say, 'We are warriors,1 men valiant in battle'?

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15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men2 will go down in the slaughter,3" declares the King,4 whose name is the LORD Almighty.5

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16 "The fall of Moab is at hand;6 her calamity will come quickly.

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17 Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame;7 say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter,8 how broken the glorious staff !'

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18 "Come down from your glory and sit on the parched ground,9 O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon,10 for he who destroys Moab will come up against you and ruin your fortified cities.11

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19 Stand by the road and watch, you who live in Aroer.12 Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping, ask them, 'What has happened?'

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20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail13 and cry out! Announce by the Arnon14 that Moab is destroyed.

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21 Judgment has come to the plateau15-- to Holon,16 Jahzah17 and Mephaath,18

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22 to Dibon,19 Nebo20 and Beth Diblathaim,

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23 to Kiriathaim,21 Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,22

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24 to Kerioth23 and Bozrah24-- to all the towns25 of Moab, far and near.

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25 Moab's horna26 is cut off; her arm27 is broken," declares the LORD.

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    • g 48:25 - "Horn" here symbolizes strength.
      26 "Make her drunk,28 for she has defied29 the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit;30 let her be an object of ridicule.31

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          27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?32 Was she caught among thieves,33 that you shake your head34 in scorn35 whenever you speak of her?

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          28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a dove36 that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave.37

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          29 "We have heard of Moab's pride38-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness39 of her heart.

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          30 I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts40 accomplish nothing.

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          31 Therefore I wail41 over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.42

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          32 I weep for you, as Jazer43 weeps, O vines of Sibmah.44 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.

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          33 Joy and gladness are gone from the orchards and fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine45 from the presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy.46 Although there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy.

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          34 "The sound of their cry rises from Heshbon47 to Elealeh48 and Jahaz,49 from Zoar50 as far as Horonaim51 and Eglath Shelishiyah, for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.52

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          35 In Moab I will put an end to those who make offerings on the high places53 and burn incense54 to their gods," declares the LORD.

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          36 "So my heart laments55 for Moab like a flute; it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth.56 The wealth they acquired57 is gone.

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          37 Every head is shaved58 and every beard59 cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.60

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          38 On all the roofs in Moab and in the public squares61 there is nothing but mourning, for I have broken Moab like a jar62 that no one wants," declares the LORD.

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          39 "How shattered63 she is! How they wail! How Moab turns her back in shame! Moab has become an object of ridicule,64 an object of horror to all those around her."

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          40 This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping65 down, spreading its wings66 over Moab.

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          41 Keriothb67 will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors68 will be like the heart of a woman in labor.69

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            • h 48:41 - Or "The cities"
              42 Moab will be destroyed70 as a nation71 because she defied72 the LORD.

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                  43 Terror73 and pit and snare74 await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.

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                  44 "Whoever flees75 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 year76 of her punishment," declares the LORD.

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                  45 "In the shadow of Heshbon the fugitives stand helpless, for a fire has gone out from Heshbon, a blaze from the midst of Sihon;77 it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls78 of the noisy boasters.

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                  46 Woe to you, O Moab!79 The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.

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                  47 "Yet I will restore80 the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.

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