Judgment on Moab

1 The (a)oracle concerning (A)Moab.
Surely in a night (B)Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined;
Surely in a night Kir of Moab is devastated and ruined.
They have gone up to the (b)temple and to (C)Dibon, even to the high places to weep.
Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba;
Everyone’s head is (D)bald and every beard is cut off.
In their streets they have girded themselves with (E)sackcloth;
(F)On their housetops and in their squares
Everyone is wailing, (c)(G)dissolved in tears.
(H)Heshbon and Elealeh also cry out,
Their voice is heard all the way to Jahaz;
Therefore the (d)armed men of Moab cry aloud;
His soul trembles within him.
My heart cries out for Moab;
His fugitives are as far as (I)Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah,
For they go up the (J)ascent of Luhith weeping;
Surely on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of distress (K)over their ruin.
For the (L)waters of Nimrim are (e)desolate.
Surely the grass is withered, the tender grass (f)died out,
There is (M)no green thing.
Therefore the (N)abundance which they have acquired and stored up
They carry off over the brook of (g)Arabim.
For the cry of distress has gone around the territory of Moab,
Its wail goes as far as Eglaim and its wailing even to Beer-elim.
For the waters of Dimon are full of (h)blood;
Surely I will bring added woes upon Dimon,
A (O)lion upon the fugitives of Moab and upon the remnant of the land.


a. Isaiah 15:1: ['Or ', burden of]
b. Isaiah 15:2: ['Lit ', house]
c. Isaiah 15:3: ['Lit ', going down in weeping]
d. Isaiah 15:4: ['Another reading is ', the loins of]
e. Isaiah 15:6: ['Lit ', desolations]
f. Isaiah 15:6: ['Lit ', come to an end]
g. Isaiah 15:7: ['Or ', the poplars]
h. Isaiah 15:9: ['Heb ', dam, ' (a wordplay)']

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