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Jeremiah 48 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This message is to the country of Moab. This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: "How terrible it will be for the city of Nebo, because it will be ruined. captured; the strong city will be disgraced and shattered. 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 Moab will not be praised again. Men in the town of Heshbon plan Moab's defeat. They say, 'Come, let us put an end to that nation!' Town of Madmen, you will also be silenced. The sword will chase 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 from the town of Horonaim, cries of much confusion and destruction. 3 Listen to the cries from Horonaim, cries of great havoc and destruction.
4 Moab will be broken up. Her little children will cry for help. 4 Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out.
5 Moab's people go up the path to the town of Luhith, crying loudly as they go. On the road down to Horonaim, cries of pain and suffering can be heard. 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! Run for your lives! Go like a bush being blown through the desert. 6 Flee! Run for your lives; become like a bush in the desert.
7 You trust in the things you do and in your wealth, so you also will be captured. and his priests and officers with him. 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 come against every town; not one town will escape. The valley will be ruined, and the high plain will be destroyed, as the Lord has said. 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, because she will surely leave her land. Moab's towns will become empty, with no one to live 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 A curse will be on anyone who doesn't do what the Lord says, and a curse will be on anyone who holds back his sword from killing. 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 "The people of Moab have never known trouble. They are like wine left to settle; they have never been poured from one jar to another. They have not been taken into captivity. So they taste as they did before, and their smell has not changed. 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 A time is coming," says the Lord, "When I will send people to pour you from your jars. and smash her jugs. 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 The people of Israel trusted that god in the town of Bethel, and they were ashamed when there was no help. In the same way Moab will be ashamed of their god Chemosh. 13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.
14 "You cannot say, 'We are warriors! We are brave men in battle!' 14 "How can you say, 'We are warriors, men valiant in battle'?
15 The destroyer of Moab and her towns has arrived. Her best young men will be killed!" says the King, whose name is the Lord All-Powerful. 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 "The end of Moab is near, and she will soon be destroyed. 16 "The fall of Moab is at hand; her calamity will come quickly.
17 All you who live around Moab, all you who know her, cry for her. Say, 'The ruler's power is broken; Moab's power and glory are gone.' 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 "You people living in the town of Dibon, come down from your place of honor and sit on the dry ground, because the destroyer of Moab has come against you. And he has destroyed your strong, walled cities. 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 You people living in the town of Aroer, stand next to the road and watch. See the man running away and the woman escaping. Ask them, 'What 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 filled with shame, because she is ruined. Cry, Moab, cry out! that Moab is destroyed. 20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail and cry out! Announce by the Arnon that Moab is destroyed.
21 People on the high plain have been punished. Judgment has come to these towns: Holon, Jahzah, and Mephaath; 21 Judgment has come to the plateau-- to Holon, Jahzah and Mephaath,
22 Dibon, Nebo, and Beth Diblathaim; 22 to Dibon, Nebo and Beth Diblathaim,
23 Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul, and Beth Meon; 23 to Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,
24 Kerioth and Bozrah. Judgment has come 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 strength has been cut off, and its arm broken!" says the Lord. 25 Moab's horn is cut off; her arm is broken," declares the LORD.
26 "The people of Moab thought they were greater than the Lord, so punish them until they act as if they are drunk. Moab will fall and roll around in its own vomit, and people will even make fun of it. 26 "Make her drunk, for she has defied the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit; let her be an object of ridicule.
27 Moab, you made fun of Israel. Israel was caught in the middle of a gang of thieves. When you spoke about Israel, you shook your head and acted as if you were better than it. 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 People in Moab, leave your towns empty and go live among the rocks. Be like a dove that makes its nest at the entrance 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 that the people of Moab are proud, very proud. They are proud, very proud, and in their hearts they think they are important." 29 "We have heard of Moab's pride-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness of her heart.
30 The Lord says, "I know Moab's great pride, but it is useless. Moab's bragging accomplishes nothing. 30 I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts accomplish nothing.
31 So I cry sadly for Moab, for everyone in Moab. I moan for the people from the town of Kir Hareseth. 31 Therefore I wail over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth.
32 I cry with the people of the town of Jazer for you, the grapevines of the town of Sibmah. In the past your vines spread all the way to the sea, as far as the sea of Jazer. But the destroyer has taken over your fruit and grapes. 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 happiness are gone from the large, rich fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine from the winepresses. No one walks on the grapes with shouts of joy. There are shouts, but 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 "Their crying can be heard from Moabite towns, from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz. It can be heard from Zoar as far away as 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 will stop Moab from making burnt offerings at the places of worship and from burning incense to their gods," says the Lord. 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 "My heart cries sadly for Moab like a flute playing a funeral song. It cries like a flute for the people from Kir Hareseth. The money they made has all been taken away. 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 has been shaved and every beard cut off. Everyone's hands are cut, and everyone wears rough cloth around his waist. 37 Every head is shaved and every beard cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.
38 People are crying on every roofn in Moab and in every public square. There is nothing but sadness, because I have broken Moab like a jar no one wants," says 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 "Moab is shattered! The people are crying! Moab turns away in shame! People all around her make fun of her. The things that happened fill them with great fear." 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 This is what the Lord says: "Look! Someone is coming, like an eagle diving down from the sky and spreading 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 of Moab will be captured, and the strong, walled cities will be defeated. At that time Moab's warriors will be frightened, like a woman who is having a baby. 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 The nation of Moab will be destroyed, because they thought they were greater than the Lord. 42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation because she defied the LORD.
43 Fear, deep pits, and traps wait for you, people of Moab," says the Lord. 43 Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
44 "People will run from fear, but they will fall into the pits. Anyone who climbs out of the pits will be caught in the traps. I will bring the year of punishment to Moab," says 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 "People have run from the powerful enemy and have gone to Heshbon for safety. But fire started in Heshbon; a blaze has spread from the hometown of Sihon king of Moab. and destroyed those proud people. 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 it is for you, Moab! been destroyed. Your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters have been taken away. 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 days to come, I will make good things happen again to Moab," says the Lord. This ends 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.