Isaiah 15

A Prophecy Against Moab

1 A prophecy against Moab: Ar in Moab is ruined, destroyed in a night! Kir in Moab is ruined, destroyed in a night!
2 Dibon goes up to its temple, to its high places to weep; Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba. Every head is shaved and every beard cut off.
3 In the streets they wear sackcloth; on the roofs and in the public squares they all wail, prostrate with weeping.
4 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out, their voices are heard all the way to Jahaz. Therefore the armed men of Moab cry out, and their hearts are faint.
5 My heart cries out over Moab; her fugitives flee as far as Zoar, as far as Eglath Shelishiyah. They go up the hill to Luhith, weeping as they go; on the road to Horonaim they lament their destruction.
6 The waters of Nimrim are dried up and the grass is withered; the vegetation is gone and nothing green is left.
7 So the wealth they have acquired and stored up they carry away over the Ravine of the Poplars.
8 Their outcry echoes along the border of Moab; their wailing reaches as far as Eglaim, their lamentation as far as Beer Elim.
9 The waters of Dimon[a] are full of blood, but I will bring still more upon Dimon[b] — a lion upon the fugitives of Moab and upon those who remain in 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 33

  • 1. S Isaiah 13:1
  • 2. Numbers 22:3-6; S Deuteronomy 23:6; S Isaiah 11:14
  • 3. S Numbers 21:15
  • 4. S Numbers 17:12; Isaiah 25:12; Isaiah 26:5; Jeremiah 48:24,41; Jeremiah 51:58
  • 5. S 2 Kings 3:25
  • 6. S Numbers 21:30
  • 7. 1 Kings 11:7; Isaiah 16:12; Jeremiah 48:35
  • 8. S Isaiah 13:6; Isaiah 65:14
  • 9. S Numbers 32:38
  • 10. S Leviticus 13:40; S Job 1:20; Leviticus 21:5
  • 11. S 2 Samuel 10:4
  • 12. S Isaiah 3:24
  • 13. S Joshua 2:8
  • 14. Jeremiah 48:38
  • 15. Isaiah 14:31; Jeremiah 47:2
  • 16. ver 5; Isaiah 16:9; Isaiah 22:4; Lamentations 2:11; Ezekiel 7:18; Micah 1:8
  • 17. S Numbers 21:25; S Joshua 13:26
  • 18. S Numbers 32:3
  • 19. S Numbers 21:23
  • 20. S ver 3
  • 21. Isaiah 16:11; Jeremiah 48:31
  • 22. S Numbers 21:29
  • 23. S Genesis 13:10
  • 24. Jeremiah 48:3,34
  • 25. Jeremiah 4:20; Jeremiah 48:5
  • 26. Isaiah 19:5-7; Jeremiah 48:34
  • 27. Psalms 37:2; Isaiah 16:8; Isaiah 24:4,7,11; Isaiah 33:9; Isaiah 34:4; Isaiah 37:27; Isaiah 40:7; Isaiah 51:6,12; Hosea 4:3; Joel 1:12
  • 28. S Isaiah 14:17
  • 29. Jeremiah 14:5
  • 30. Isaiah 30:6; Jeremiah 48:36
  • 31. S Numbers 21:16
  • 32. S 2 Kings 17:25
  • 33. Ezekiel 25:8-11

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. "Dimon" , a wordplay on "Dibon" (see verse 2), sounds like the Hebrew for "blood" .
  • [b]. "Dimon" , a wordplay on "Dibon" (see verse 2), sounds like the Hebrew for "blood" .

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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