For every head is shaved and every beard cut off; on all the hands there are gashes, and on the loins sackcloth.
On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation; for I have broken Moab like a vessel that no one wants, says the Lord.
How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all his neighbors.
For thus says the Lord: Look, he shall swoop down like an eagle, and spread his wings against Moab;
the towns a shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The hearts of the warriors of Moab, on that day, shall be like the heart of a woman in labor.
Moab shall be destroyed as a people, because he magnified himself against the Lord.
Terror, pit, and trap are before you, O inhabitants of Moab! says the Lord.
Everyone who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and everyone who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the trap. For I will bring these things b upon Moab in the year of their punishment, says the Lord.
In the shadow of Heshbon fugitives stop exhausted; for a fire has gone out from Heshbon, a flame from the house of Sihon; it has destroyed the forehead of Moab, the scalp of the people of tumult. c46
Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh have perished, for your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters into captivity.
Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, says the Lord. Thus far is the judgment on Moab.
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