Jeremiah 48:27-37 NIV

27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?1 Was she caught among thieves,2 that you shake your head3 in scorn4 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 dove5 that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave.6

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29 "We have heard of Moab's pride7-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness8 of her heart.

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30 I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts9 accomplish nothing.

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31 Therefore I wail10 over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.11

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32 I weep for you, as Jazer12 weeps, O vines of Sibmah.13 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 wine14 from the presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy.15 Although there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy.

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34 "The sound of their cry rises from Heshbon16 to Elealeh17 and Jahaz,18 from Zoar19 as far as Horonaim20 and Eglath Shelishiyah, for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.21

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35 In Moab I will put an end to those who make offerings on the high places22 and burn incense23 to their gods," declares the LORD.

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36 "So my heart laments24 for Moab like a flute; it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth.25 The wealth they acquired26 is gone.

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37 Every head is shaved27 and every beard28 cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.29

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