Therefore, as surely as I live," declares the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, "surely Moab1 will become like Sodom,2 the Ammonites3 like Gomorrah-- a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder4 them; the survivors5 of my nation will inherit their land.6"
This is what they will get in return for their pride,7 for insulting8 and mocking the people of the LORD Almighty.911
The LORD will be awesome10 to them when he destroys all the gods11 of the land.12 The nations on every shore will worship him,13 every one in its own land.
He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria,16 leaving Nineveh17 utterly desolate and dry as the desert.1814
Flocks and herds19 will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl20 and the screech owl2122 will roost on her columns. Their calls will echo through the windows, rubble will be in the doorways, the beams of cedar will be exposed.
This is the carefree23 city that lived in safety.24 She said to herself, "I am, and there is none besides me."25 What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts!26 All who pass by her scoff27 and shake their fists.28