1 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel, against Moab: Woe to Nebo, for it is plundered! Kirjathaim is dried up and captured. The Fortress is dried up and dismayed.
2 No more praise of Moab. In Heshbon they have plotted evil against it, saying, Come
and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also you shall be silenced, O madmen; the
sword shall pursue you.
3 A voice of crying shall be heard from Horonaim, plundering and great destruction.
4 Moab is destroyed; her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.
5 For at the ascent to Luhith they go up with continual weeping; for at the descent from
Horonaim the enemies have heard a cry of destruction.
6 Flee, save your lives, and be like a bush in the wilderness.
7 For because you have trusted in your works and in your treasures, you shall also be
captured. And Chemosh shall go into captivity along with his priests and his rulers.
8 And the robber shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape. Also the valley
shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as Jehovah has spoken.
9 Give wings to Moab so that it may flee and get away; for its cities shall be desolate,
without an inhabitant in them.
10 Cursed is he who does the work of Jehovah deceitfully, and cursed is he who keeps
back his sword from blood.
11 Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his dregs and has not
been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste
remained in him, and his scent has not changed.
12 Therefore behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, that I will send ones to lean
him, tip him over, and empty his vessels, and shatter his jars.
13 And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of
Bethel their confidence.
14 How can you say, We are mighty and strong men for war?
15 Moab is plundered and has gone up out of her cities. And his chosen young men have
gone down to the slaughter, says the King, whose name is Jehovah of Hosts.
16 The calamity of Moab is near to come, and his affliction hurries quickly.
17 All you who are around him, mourn him. And all you who know his name, say, How
is the strong staff broken; the beautiful rod!
18 O daughter dwelling in Dibon, come down from your glory and sit in thirst. For the
plunderer of Moab has come upon you; he has destroyed your strongholds.
19 O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way and watch. Ask him who flees and her who
escapes; say, What is happening?
20 Moab is withered up, and it is broken down. Howl and cry! Tell it in Arnon that
Moab is plundered.
21 And judgment has come upon the plains; upon Holon, and upon Jahazah, and upon
22 and upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Beth-diblathaim,
23 and upon Kirjathaim, and upon Beth-gamul, and upon Beth-meon,
24 and upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah, and upon all the cities of the land of Moab, far
25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says Jehovah.
26 Make him drunk, for he magnified himself against Jehovah. Moab also shall wallow
in his vomit, and he also shall be an object of derision.
27 For was not Israel an object of derision to you? Was he found among thieves? For
ever since you spoke of him, you skipped for joy.
28 O you who dwell in Moab, leave the cities and live in the rock, and be like the dove
that makes her nest in the sides of the mouth of the cave.
29 We have heard of the pride of Moab (he is exceedingly proud), his loftiness, and his
pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.
30 I know his wrath, says Jehovah, but it is not so; his boast, but they have not done it.
31 Therefore I will wail for Moab, and I will cry out for all Moab, and shall mourn for
the men of Kir-hares.
32 O vine of Sibmah, I will weep for you with the weeping of Jazer. Your plants have
gone over the sea; they reach to the sea of Jazer. A plunderer has fallen upon your
summer fruits and upon your vintage.
33 And joy and gladness are taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab.
And I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses; no one shall tread the grapes with
shouting; no joyous shouting.
34 From the cry of Heshbon to Elealeh, and to Jahaz, they have uttered their voice, from
Zoar to Horonaim, like a three year old heifer; for the waters of Nimrim also shall be
35 Moreover, I will put an end to him who offers in the high places in Moab, says Jehovah, who burns incense to his gods.
36 Therefore my heart shall mourn for Moab like flutes, and my heart shall mourn like
flutes for the men of Kir-hares, because the riches that he has gotten have perished.
37 For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped. On all the hands shall be
cuttings, and on the loins sackcloth.
38 On all the housetops of Moab, and in its streets, there is weeping for all. For I have
broken Moab like a vessel in which no one has pleasure, says Jehovah.
39 They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! How has Moab turned the back with
shame! Thus Moab shall be an object of derision, and a terror to all those around him.
40 For thus says Jehovah: Behold, he shall fly like an eagle and shall spread his wings
41 Kerioth is taken, and the strongholds are seized; and the mighty men's hearts in Moab
in that day shall be like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.
42 And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he has magnified himself
43 Fear and the pit and the snare shall be upon you, O inhabitant of Moab, says
44 He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit; and he who goes up out of the pit
shall be caught in the snare. For I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their
judgment, says Jehovah.
45 Those who fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon from fatigue, but a fire shall
come out from Heshbon, and a flame out of the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the
corner of Moab and the crown of the head of the sons of desolation.
46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh perish; for your sons have been taken
captive, and your daughters into captivity.
47 But I will bring back the captives of Moab in the latter days, says Jehovah. Thus far is
the judgment of Moab.