The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
It will belong to the remnant7 of the house of Judah; there they will find pasture. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. The LORD their God will care for them; he will restore their fortunes.b8
Therefore, as surely as I live," declares the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, "surely Moab14 will become like Sodom,15 the Ammonites16 like Gomorrah-- a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder17 them; the survivors18 of my nation will inherit their land.19"
Flocks and herds32 will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl33 and the screech owl3435 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 carefree36 city that lived in safety.37 She said to herself, "I am, and there is none besides me."38 What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts!39 All who pass by her scoff40 and shake their fists.41