The Lord said, "Moab has always lived secure and has never been taken into exile. Moab is like wine left to settle undisturbed and never poured from jar to jar. Its flavor has never been ruined, and it tastes as good as ever.
"So now, the time is coming when I will send people to pour Moab out like wine. They will empty its wine jars and break them in pieces.
Then the Moabites will be disillusioned with their god Chemosh, just as the Israelites were disillusioned with Bethel, a god in whom they trusted.
"Men of Moab, why do you claim to be heroes, brave soldiers tested in war?
Moab and its cities are destroyed; its finest young men have been slaughtered. I am the king, the Lord Almighty, and I have spoken.
Moab's doom approaches; its ruin is coming soon.
"Mourn for that nation, you that live nearby, all of you that know its fame. Say, "Its powerful rule has been broken; its glory and might are no more.'
You that live in Dibon, come down from your place of honor and sit on the ground in the dust; Moab's destroyer is here and has left its forts in ruins.
You that live in Aroer, stand by the road and wait; ask those who are running away, find out from them what has happened.
"Moab has fallen,' they will answer, "weep for it; it is disgraced. Announce along the Arnon River that Moab is destroyed!'
"Judgment has come on the cities of the plateau: on Holon, Jahzah, Mephaath,