Prophecy of Moab's Devastation

1 1Send the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land, From 2Sela by way of the wilderness to the 3mountain of the daughter of Zion.
2 Then, like 4fleeing birds or scattered nestlings, The daughters of 5Moab will be at the fords of the 6Arnon.
3 "Give us advice, make a decision; Cast your 7shadow like night at high noon; 8Hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.
4 "Let the outcasts of Moab stay with you; Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer." For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased, 9Oppressors have completely disappeared from the land.
5 A 10throne will even be established in lovingkindness, And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of 11David; Moreover, he will seek justice And be prompt in righteousness.
6 12We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride; Even of his arrogance, pride, and fury; 13His idle boasts are false *.
7 Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail. You will moan for the 14raisin cakes of 15Kir-hareseth As those who are utterly stricken.
8 For the fields of 16Heshbon have withered, the vines of 17Sibmah as well; The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters Which reached as far as Jazer and wandered to the deserts; 18Its tendrils spread themselves out and passed over the sea.
9 Therefore * I will 19weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah; I will drench you with my tears, O 20Heshbon and Elealeh; For the shouting over your 21summer fruits and your harvest has fallen away.
10 22Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field; In the 23vineyards also there will be no cries of joy or jubilant shouting, No 24treader treads out wine in the presses, For I have made the shouting to cease.
11 Therefore * my 25heart intones like a harp for Moab And my inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
12 So it will come about when Moab 26presents himself, When he 27wearies himself upon his 28high place And comes to his sanctuary to pray, That he will not prevail.
14 But now the LORD speaks, saying, "Within three years, as 29a hired man would count them, the glory of 30Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent *."