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Jeremiah 48 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Concerning Moab: The LORD of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: How awful for Nebo; it lies in ruins. Kirathaim is captured and shamed; the fortress is disgraced, reduced to rubble. 1 Concerning Moab: This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Woe to Nebo, for it will be ruined. Kiriathaim will be disgraced and captured; the stronghold will be disgraced and shattered.
2 No one sings Moab's praise any longer! In Heshbon they are hatching a plot against her: "Come, let's bring down the nation!" You too, madmen, will be silenced; the sword will pursue you. 2 Moab will be praised no more; in Heshbon men will plot her downfall: 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.' You too, O Madmen, will be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
3 Listen to the cries for help from Horonaim: "Destruction and massive devastation!" 3 Listen to the cries from Horonaim, cries of great havoc and destruction.
4 Moab is shattered; its young cry for help. 4 Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out.
5 On the way up to Luhith, there is uncontrollable weeping. On the way down to Horonaim, they hear sobs of anguish. 5 They go up the way to Luhith, weeping bitterly as they go; on the road down to Horonaim anguished cries over the destruction are heard.
6 Run for your lives! Be like Aroer in the desert. 6 Flee! Run for your lives; become like a bush in the desert.
7 Because you have relied on your own strength and treasures, you also will be captured. Chemosh will go into exile, together with his priests and officials. 7 Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken captive, and Chemosh will go into exile, together with his priests and officials.
8 The destroyer will sweep through every town; no town will escape. The valleys will be ravaged; the plateaus will be destroyed, because the LORD has declared it so. 8 The destroyer will come against every town, and not a town will escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau destroyed, because the LORD has spoken.
9 Give wings to Moab, and it would fly away because its towns lie in ruins, with no one left in them. 9 Put salt on Moab, for she will be laid waste; her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.
10 Cursed is the one who is halfhearted in doing the LORD's work. Cursed is the one who restrains the sword from bloodshed. 10 "A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!
11 From early on Moab has been at ease, like wine left to settle on its sediment. It hasn't been poured into jars; nor has Moab been taken into exile. Therefore, its taste is still pleasant, and its aroma is the same. 11 "Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another-- she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged.
12 But the time is coming, declares the LORD, when I will send to him someone to spill it—to pour out his wine and to smash his jars. 12 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.
13 And Moab will be put to shame on account of Chemosh, just as the people of Israel were put to shame on account of Bethel, in which they trusted. 13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.
14 How can you claim, "We're soldiers; we're war heroes"? 14 "How can you say, 'We are warriors, men valiant in battle'?
15 Moab is doomed; its towns will surrender; its elite forces will go down in defeat, declares the king whose name is the LORD of heavenly forces. 15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men will go down in the slaughter," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.
16 Moab's destruction is near; its downfall approaches rapidly. 16 "The fall of Moab is at hand; her calamity will come quickly.
17 Grieve for this nation, you neighbors of Moab, all you who know his name. Proclaim how its mighty scepter and magnificent staff are shattered! 17 Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame; say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter, how broken the glorious staff !'
18 Come down from your lofty place and sit in the dust, you inhabitants of Daughter Dibon; because Moab's destroyer has arrived to level your fortresses. 18 "Come down from your glory and sit on the parched ground, O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon, for he who destroys Moab will come up against you and ruin your fortified cities.
19 Stand by the roads and watch, you inhabitants of Aroer. Ask the men who flee and the women who run off, "What's happened?" 19 Stand by the road and watch, you who live in Aroer. Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping, ask them, 'What has happened?'
20 Moab is shamed and shocked; weep and wail! Tell it by the Arnon River: Moab's been destroyed! 20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail and cry out! Announce by the Arnon that Moab is destroyed.
21 Judgment has come to the towns of the plateau— to Holon, Jahzah, and Mephaath, 21 Judgment has come to the plateau-- to Holon, Jahzah and Mephaath,
22 to Dibon, Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 22 to Dibon, Nebo and Beth Diblathaim,
23 to Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 23 to Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,
24 to Kerioth and Bozrah, to all the towns of Moab, far and near. 24 to Kerioth and Bozrah-- to all the towns of Moab, far and near.
25 Moab's horn is cut off; its arm is broken, declares the LORD. 25 Moab's horn is cut off; her arm is broken," declares the LORD.
26 Get Moab drunk, because it has exalted itself above the LORD. Moab will collapse in its vomit and become the butt of every joke. 26 "Make her drunk, for she has defied the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit; let her be an object of ridicule.
27 Wasn't Israel the butt of your jokes? Didn't you shake your head as if they were thieves caught in the act? 27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule? Was she caught among thieves, that you shake your head in scorn whenever you speak of her?
28 Leave your towns, head for the cliffs, you people of Moab. Hide like a dove that nests in the mouth of a cave. 28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a dove that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave.
29 We have heard of Moab's pride: arrogant, puffed up, exalted, high and mighty, boastful! 29 "We have heard of Moab's pride-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness of her heart.
30 I myself know about its arrogance, declares the LORD, the idle talk, the empty deeds. 30 I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts accomplish nothing.
31 But I'll still wail for Moab; I'll cry out for all Moab; I'll sob for the people of Kir-heres. 31 Therefore I wail over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.
32 I'll weep for you, vine of Sibmah, more than I would for Jazer. Though your branches extended to the sea and reached the coast of Jazer, now the destroyer has come to harvest your grapes and summer fruits. 32 I weep for you, as Jazer weeps, O vines of Sibmah. 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.
33 Joy and gladness have been taken from the orchards and farms of Moab. I have stopped making wine in the presses. No one shouts with joy while treading the grapes. Though there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy! 33 Joy and gladness are gone from the orchards and fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy. Although there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy.
34 Screams are heard from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz; their cries resound from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up. 34 "The sound of their cry rises from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz, from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah, for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.
35 I'll put an end to Moab, declares the LORD, for making offerings on the shrines, and worshipping their gods. 35 In Moab I will put an end to those who make offerings on the high places and burn incense to their gods," declares the LORD.
36 Therefore, my heart wails for Moab like a mournful flute that plays the dirge; my heart wails for the people of Kir-heres, like a mournful flute. Their abundance is now gone. 36 "So my heart laments for Moab like a flute; it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they acquired is gone.
37 Every head is shaved, every beard is cut off, every hand is slashed, and everyone wears mourning clothes. 37 Every head is shaved and every beard cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.
38 On every housetop of Moab and in all its streets, there's nothing but mourning. I have shattered Moab like a pottery vessel no one wants, declares the LORD. 38 On all the roofs in Moab and in the public squares there is nothing but mourning, for I have broken Moab like a jar that no one wants," declares the LORD.
39 How it's shattered! Go wail! How Moab turns away! What shame! Moab has become the butt of every joke, horrific to all its neighbors. 39 "How shattered she is! How they wail! How Moab turns her back in shame! Moab has become an object of ridicule, an object of horror to all those around her."
40 The LORD proclaims: Look! One who soars like an eagle and spreads its wings over Moab. 40 This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping down, spreading its wings over Moab.
41 The towns will be captured; the strongholds will be seized. On that day, the heart of every soldier from Moab will be like that of a woman in the throes of labor. 41 Kerioth will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
42 Moab will be destroyed once and for all because it has exalted itself above the LORD. 42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation because she defied the LORD.
43 Terror, traps, and trackers are upon you, people of Moab, declares the LORD. 43 Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
44 Those who flee from terror will fall into a pit; those who escape the pit will be captured by the trap. I will bring upon Moab the year of its punishment, declares the LORD. 44 "Whoever flees 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 year of her punishment," declares the LORD.
45 In Heshbon tired refugees seek shelter. But fire is raging in Heshbon, flames from the house of Sihon. It has burned up part of Moab, including the leader of this rebellious nation. 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; it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of the noisy boasters.
46 How terrible for you, Moab; the people of Chemosh have perished. Your sons have been carried off; your daughters have been taken captive. 46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
47 But in the days to come I'll bring back Moab from captivity, declares the LORD. Such is the judgment on Moab. 47 "Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.