1 Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Moab and for four I will not revoke the punishment,#Or “it” because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom. 2So I will send a fire against Moab and it will devour the citadel fortresses of Kerioth, and Moab will die amid uproar, amid war cries and amid the sound of a horn. 3And I will cut off the ruler from its midst and I will kill all of its officials with him,” says Yahweh.
Judgment on Judah
4Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Judah and for four I will not revoke the punishment,#Or “it” because they have rejected the law of Yahweh and have not kept his rules, and their lies have led them astray, after which their ancestors walked!#Literally “which their ancestors walked after them” 5So I will send a fire against Judah and it will devour the citadel fortresses of Jerusalem.
Judgment on Israel
6Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke the punishment,#Or “it” because they sell the righteous for money and the poor for a pair of sandals! 7Those who trample the heads of the powerless into the dust of the ground and turn aside the way of the destitute, a man and his father have sexual relations with#Literally “go to” the same girl, so that they profane my holy name. 8They stretch themselves out beside every altar on clothing taken in pledge and they drink wine, bought with fines imposed,#Literally “imposing a fine” in the house of their God. 9Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,#Literally “from the face of them” who was as tall as#Literally “whose height was as the height of” cedars and was as strong as the oaks. I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath. 10And I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and I led you in the wilderness forty years to take possession of the land of the Amorite. 11And I raised up some of your sons to be prophets and some of your young men to be Nazirites. Is it not so, O people#Literally “children” of Israel? This is the declaration of Yahweh! 12But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets, saying, ‘You shall not prophesy.’ 13Look! I am going to press you down in your place just as a utility cart full of mature stalks of grain is pressed down. 14Flight will perish from the swift and the strong person will not muster his strength and the warrior will not save his life. 15And the one who takes hold of the bow will not stand and the one who is swift on his feet will not save himself, nor will the one who rides the horse save his life. 16Even those who are strong of heart among the mighty will flee away naked from the city on that day. This is the declaration of Yahweh!”