3"Hark! a cry from Horonaim,
'Desolation and great destruction!
4Moab is destroyed;
a cry is heard as far as Zoar.
5For at the ascent of Luhith
they go up weeping;
for at the descent of Horonaim
they have heard the cry of destruction.
6Flee! Save yourselves!
Be like a wild ass in the desert!
7For, because you trusted in your strongholds and your treasures,
you also shall be taken;
and Chemosh shall go forth into exile,
with his priests and his princes.
8The destroyer shall come upon every city,
and no city shall escape;
the valley shall perish,
and the plain shall be destroyed,
as Yahweh has spoken.
9"Give wings to Moab,
for she would fly away;
her cities shall become a desolation,
with no inhabitant in them.
10"Cursed is he who does the work of Yahweh with slackness; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.
11"Moab has been at ease from his youth
and has settled on his lees;
he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
nor has he gone into exile;
so his taste remains in him,
and his scent is not changed.
12"Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I shall send to him tilters who will tilt him, and empty his vessels, and break his jars in pieces. 13Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.
14"How do you say, 'We are heroes
and mighty men of war?'
15The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up,
and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter,
says the King, whose name is Yahweh of hosts.
16The calamity of Moab is near at hand
and his affliction hastens apace.
17Bemoan him, all you who are round about him,
and all who know his name;
say, 'How the mighty scepter is broken,
the glorious staff.'
18"Come down from your glory,
and sit on the parched ground,
O inhabitant of Dibon!
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you;
he has destroyed your strongholds.
19Stand by the way and watch,
O inhabitant of Aroer!
Ask him who flees and her who escapes;
say, 'What has happened?
20Moab is put to shame, for it is broken;
wail and cry!
Tell it by the Arnon,
that Moab is laid waste.
21"Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says Yahweh.
26"Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against Yahweh; so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision. 27Was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him you wagged your head?
28"Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,
O inhabitants of Moab!
Be like the dove that nests
in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.
29We have heard of the pride of Moab -
he is very proud -
of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance,
and the haughtiness of his heart.
30I know his insolence, says Yahweh;
his boasts are false,
his deeds are false.
31Therefore I wail for Moab;
I cry out for all Moab;
for the men of Kir-heres I mourn.
32More than for Jazer I weep for you,
O vine of Sibmah!
Your branches passed over the sea,
reached as far as Jazer;
upon your summer fruits and your vintage
the destroyer has fallen.
33Gladness and joy have been taken away
from the fruitful land of Moab;
I have made the wine cease from the wine presses;
no one treads them with shouts of joy;
the shouting is not the shout of joy.
34"Heshbon and Elealeh cry out; as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. 35And I will bring to an end in Moab, says Yahweh, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and burns incense to his god. 36Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-heres; therefore the riches they gained have perished.
37"For every head is shaved and every beard cut off; upon all the hands are gashes, and on the loins is sackcloth. 38On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation; for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, says Yahweh. 39How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all that are round about him."
45"In the shadow of Heshbon
fugitives stop without strength;
for a fire has gone forth from Heshbon,
a flame from the house of Sihon;
it has destroyed the forehead of Moab,
the crown of the sons of tumult.
46Woe to you, O Moab!
The people of Chemosh is undone;
for your sons have been taken captive,
and your daughters into captivity.
47Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
in the latter days, says Yahweh."
Thus far is the judgment on Moab.
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