Moab will be punished
1 # Isa 25.10–12; Jer 48.1–47; Ezek 25.8–11; Amos 2.1–3; Zeph 2.8–11. This is a message about Moab:
The towns of Ar and Kir
were destroyed in a night.
Moab is left in ruins!
2Everyone in Dibon has gone up
to the temple#15.2 Everyone … temple: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. and the shrines
to cry and weep.
All of Moab is crying.
Heads and beards are shaved#15.2 Heads … shaved: As a sign of sorrow and mourning.
because of what happened
at Nebo and Medeba.
3In the towns and at home,
everyone wears sackcloth
and cries loud and long.
4From Heshbon and Elealeh,
weeping is heard in Jahaz;
Moab's warriors scream
while trembling with fear.
Pity Moab
5I pity Moab!
Its people are running to Zoar
and to Eglath-Shelishiyah.
They cry on their way up
to the town of Luhith;
on the road to Horonaim
they tell of disasters.
6The streams of Nimrim
and the grasslands
have dried up.
Every plant is parched.
7The people of Moab are leaving,
crossing over Willow Brook,
taking everything they own
and have worked for.
8In the towns of Eglaim
and of Beerelim
and everywhere else in Moab
mournful cries are heard.
9The streams near Dimon
are flowing with blood.
But the Lord will bring
even worse trouble to Dimon,#15.9 Dimon … Dimon: The Standard Hebrew Text; the Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation have “Dibon … Dibon”.
because all in Moab who escape
will be attacked by lions.