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1Thus says the Lord:
#Is. 15:1–16; Jer. 25:21; Ezek. 25:8–11; Zeph. 2:8–11“For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because he #2 Kin. 3:26, 27burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
2But I will send a fire upon Moab,
And it shall devour the palaces of #Jer. 48:24, 41Kerioth;
Moab shall die with tumult,
With shouting and trumpet sound.
3And I will cut off #Num. 24:17; Jer. 48:7the judge from its midst,
And slay all its princes with him,”
Says the Lord.
Judgment on Judah
4Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of #2 Kin. 17:19; Hos. 12:2; Amos 3:2Judah, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
#Lev. 26:14Because they have despised the law of the Lord,
And have not kept His commandments.
#Is. 9:15, 16; 28:15; Jer. 16:19; Hab. 2:18Their lies lead them astray,
Lies #Jer. 9:14; 16:11, 12; Ezek. 20:13, 16, 18which their fathers followed.
5#Jer. 17:27; Hos. 8:14But I will send a fire upon Judah,
And it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.”
Judgment on Israel
6Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of #Judg. 2:17–20; 2 Kin. 17:7–18; 18:12; Ezek. 22:1–13, 23–29Israel, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because #Is. 29:21they sell the righteous for silver,
And the #Joel 3:3; Amos 4:1; 5:11; 8:6; Mic. 2:2; 3:3poor for a pair of sandals.
7They pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor,
And #Amos 5:12pervert the way of the humble.
#Lev. 18:6–8; Ezek. 22:11A man and his father go in to the same girl,
#Lev. 20:3; Ezek. 36:20–22To defile My holy name.
8They lie down #1 Cor. 8:10by every altar on clothes #Ex. 22:26taken in pledge,
And drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
9“Yet it was I who destroyed the #Gen. 15:16; Num. 21:25; Deut. 2:31; Josh. 10:12Amorite before them,
Whose height was like the #Ezek. 31:3height of the cedars,
And he was as strong as the oaks;
Yet I #Is. 5:24; Ezek. 17:9; (Mal. 4:1)destroyed his fruit above
And his roots beneath.
10Also it was #Ex. 12:51; Amos 3:1; 9:7I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
And #Deut. 2:7led you forty years through the wilderness,
To possess the land of the Amorite.
11I raised up some of your sons as #Num. 12:6prophets,
And some of your young men as #Num. 6:2, 3; Judg. 13:5Nazirites.
Is it not so, O you children of Israel?”
Says the Lord.
12“But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
And commanded the prophets #Is. 30:10; Jer. 11:21; Amos 7:13, 16; Mic. 2:6saying,
‘Do not prophesy!’
13“Behold,#Is. 1:14 I am weighed down by you,
As a cart full of sheaves is weighed down.
14#Jer. 46:6Therefore flight shall perish from the swift,
The strong shall not strengthen his power,
#Ps. 33:16; Jer. 9:23Nor shall the mighty deliver himself;
15He shall not stand who handles the bow,
The swift of foot shall not escape,
Nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself.
16The most courageous men of might
Shall flee naked in that day,”
Says the Lord.