Isaiah 15

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An Oracle Concerning Moab

1 An 1oracle concerning 2Moab. Because 3Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone; because 4Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone.
2 He has gone up to the temple,[a] and to 5Dibon, to the high places[b] to weep; over 6Nebo and over 7Medeba Moab 8wails. On every head is 9baldness; every beard is shorn;
3 in the streets they wear sackcloth; on the housetops and in the squares everyone wails and melts in tears.
4 10Heshbon and 11Elealeh cry out; their voice is heard as far as 12Jahaz; therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud; his soul trembles.
5 My heart cries out for Moab; her fugitives flee to Zoar, to 13Eglath-shelishiyah. For at the 14ascent of Luhith they go up weeping; on the road to 15Horonaim they raise a cry of destruction;
6 the waters of 16Nimrim are a desolation; the grass is withered, the vegetation fails, the greenery is no more.
7 17Therefore the abundance they have gained and what they have laid up they carry away over the Brook of the Willows.
8 For a cry has gone around the land of Moab; her wailing reaches to Eglaim; her wailing reaches to Beer-elim.
9 For the waters of 18Dibon[c] are full of blood; for I will bring upon Dibon even more, 19a lion for those of Moab who escape, for the remnant of the land.

Isaiah 15 Commentary

Chapter 15

The Divine judgments about to come upon the Moabites.

- This prophecy coming to pass within three years, would confirm the prophet's mission, and the belief in all his other prophecies. Concerning Moab it is foretold, 1. That their chief cities should be surprised by the enemy. Great changes, and very dismal ones, may be made in a very little time. 2. The Moabites would have recourse to their idols for relief. Ungodly men, when in trouble, have no comforter. But they are seldom brought by their terrors to approach our forgiving God with true sorrow and believing prayer. 3. There should be the cries of grief through the land. It is poor relief to have many fellow-sufferers, fellow-mourners. 4. The courage of their soldiers should fail. God can easily deprive a nation of that on which it most depended for strength and defence. 5. These calamities should cause grief in the neighbouring parts. Though enemies to Israel, yet as our fellow-creatures, it should be grievous to see them in such distress. In ver. ( 6-9 ) , the prophet describes the woful lamentations heard through the country of Moab, when it became a prey to the Assyrian army. The country should be plundered. And famine is usually the sad effect of war. Those who are eager to get abundance of this world, and to lay up what they have gotten, little consider how soon it may be all taken from them. While we warn our enemies to escape from ruin, let us pray for them, that they may seek and find forgiveness of their sins.

Cross References 19

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Hebrew the house
  • [b]. Or temple, even Dibon to the high places
  • [c]. Dead Sea Scroll, Vulgate (compare Syriac); Masoretic Text Dimon (twice in this verse)

Chapter Summary


This chapter is a prophecy of the destruction of the Moabites; two of their principal cities are mentioned as made desolate, Isa 15:1 the inhabitants in divers places are represented as weeping and mourning, and showing various signs of it, Isa 15:2,3 yea, not only the common people, but the armed soldiers also, Isa 15:4 nay, even the prophet himself, Isa 15:5 the reasons of which were the great drought, so that there were no grass, nor green thing, Isa 15:6 the carrying away of their good things, either by themselves or others, Isa 15:7 the flight and cry of the people to the very borders of the land, Isa 15:8 and the great effusion of blood, Isa 15:9.

Isaiah 15 Commentaries

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