Jeremiah 48

Prophecy against Moab

1 Concerning 1Moab. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Woe to 2Nebo, for it has been destroyed; 3Kiriathaim has been put to shame, it has been captured; The lofty stronghold has been put to shame and shattered.
2 "There is praise for Moab no longer; In 4Heshbon they have devised calamity against her: 'Come and let us cut her off from being a nation!' You too, Madmen, will be silenced; The sword will follow * after you.
3 "The sound of an outcry from 5Horonaim, 'Devastation and great destruction!'
4 "Moab is broken, Her little ones have sounded out a cry of distress.
5 "For by the ascent of 6Luhith They will ascend with continual weeping; For at the descent of Horonaim They have heard the anguished cry of destruction.
6 "7Flee, save your lives, That you may be like a juniper in the wilderness.
7 "For because of your 8trust in your own achievements and treasures, Even you yourself will be captured; And 9Chemosh will go off into exile Together with his priests and his princes.
8 "A destroyer will come to every city, So that no city will escape; The valley also will be ruined And the 10plateau will be destroyed, As the LORD has said.
9 "Give 11wings to Moab, For she will flee away; And her cities will become a 12desolation, Without inhabitants in them.
10 "13Cursed be the one who does the LORD'S work 14negligently, And cursed be the one who restrains his 15sword from blood.
11 "Moab has been 16at ease since his youth; He has also been 17undisturbed, like wine on its dregs, And he has not been 18emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into exile. Therefore * he retains his flavor, And his aroma has not changed.
12 "Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will send to him those who tip vessels, and they will tip him over, and they will empty his vessels and shatter his jars.
13 "And Moab will be 19ashamed of 20Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of 21Bethel, their confidence.
14 "How can you say, 'We are 22mighty warriors, And men valiant for battle '?
15 "Moab has been destroyed and men have gone up to his cities; His choicest 23young men have also gone down to the slaughter," Declares the 24King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
16 "The disaster of Moab will 25soon come, And his calamity has swiftly hastened.
17 "Mourn for him, all you who live around him, Even all of you who know his name; Say, 'How has the mighty 26scepter been broken, A staff of splendor!'
18 "27Come down from your glory And sit on the parched ground, O 28daughter dwelling in 29Dibon, For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you, He has ruined your strongholds.
19 "Stand by the road and keep watch, O inhabitant of 30Aroer; 31Ask him who flees and her who escapes And say, 'What has happened?'
20 "Moab has been put to shame, for it has been shattered. Wail and cry out; Declare by the 32Arnon That Moab has been destroyed.
21 "Judgment has also come upon the plain, upon Holon, 33Jahzah and against 34Mephaath,
24 against 36Kerioth, Bozrah and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near.
25 "The 37horn of Moab has been cut off and his 38arm broken," declares the LORD.
26 "39Make him drunk, for he has become 40arrogant toward the LORD; so Moab will wallow in his vomit, and he also will become a laughingstock.
27 "Now was not Israel a 41laughingstock to you? Or was he 42caught among thieves? For each time you speak about him you 43shake your head in scorn.
28 "Leave the cities and dwell among the 44crags, O inhabitants of Moab, And be like a 45dove that nests Beyond the mouth of the chasm.
29 "46We have heard of the pride of Moab -he is very proud - Of his haughtiness, his 47pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation *.
30 "I know his 48fury," declares the LORD, "But it is futile; His idle boasts have accomplished nothing.
31 "Therefore * I will 49wail for Moab, Even for all Moab will I cry out; I will moan for the men of 50Kir-heres.
32 "More than the 51weeping for 52Jazer I will weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your tendrils stretched across the sea, They reached to the sea of Jazer; Upon your summer fruits and your grape harvest The destroyer has fallen.
33 "So 53gladness and joy are taken away From the fruitful field, even from the land of Moab. And I have made the wine to 54cease from the wine presses; No one will tread them with shouting, The shouting will not be shouts of joy.
34 "55From the outcry at Heshbon even to 56Elealeh, even to Jahaz they have raised their voice, from 57Zoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah *; for even the waters of Nimrim will become desolate.
35 "I will make an end of Moab," declares the LORD, "the one who offers sacrifice on the 58high place and the one who 59burns incense to his gods.
36 "Therefore * My 60heart wails for Moab like flutes; My heart also wails like flutes for the men of Kir-heres. Therefore * they have 61lost the abundance it produced.
37 "For 62every head is bald and every beard cut short; there are gashes on all the hands and 63sackcloth on the loins.
38 "On all the 64housetops of Moab and in its streets there is lamentation everywhere; for I have broken Moab like an undesirable * 65vessel," declares the LORD.
39 "How shattered it is! How they have wailed! How Moab has turned his back -he is ashamed! So Moab will become a laughingstock and an 66object of terror to all around him."
40 For thus says the LORD: "Behold, one will 67fly swiftly like an eagle And 68spread out his wings against Moab.
41 "Kerioth has been captured And the strongholds have been seized, So the 69hearts of the mighty men of Moab in that day Will be like the heart of a 70woman in labor.
42 "Moab will be 71destroyed from being a people Because he has become 72arrogant toward the LORD.
43 "73Terror, pit and snare are coming upon you, O inhabitant of Moab," declares the LORD.
44 "The one who 74flees from the terror Will fall into the pit, And the one who climbs up out of the pit Will be caught in the snare; For I shall bring upon her, even upon Moab, The year of their 75punishment," declares the LORD.
45 "In the shadow of Heshbon The fugitives stand without strength; For a fire has gone forth from Heshbon And a 76flame from the midst of 77Sihon, And it has devoured the 78forehead of Moab And the scalps of the riotous revelers *.
46 "79Woe to you, Moab! The people of 80Chemosh have perished; For your sons have been taken away captive And your daughters into captivity.
47 "Yet I will 81restore the fortunes of Moab In the latter days," declares the LORD. Thus far the judgment on Moab.
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