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A word to Moab
1The Lord proclaims:
For three crimes of Moab,
and for four, I won’t hold back the punishment,
because he burned to lime
the bones of the king of Edom.
2So I will send down a fire on Moab;
it will devour the palaces of Kerioth.
Moab will die in a great uproar,
with a war cry, with the sound of the ram’s horn.
3I will remove their judge from them
and slay all their officials with him,
says the Lord.
A word to Judah
4The Lord proclaims:
For three crimes of Judah,
and for four, I won’t hold back the punishment,
because they have rejected the Instruction of the Lord,
and haven’t kept his laws.
They have been led off the right path by the same lies
after which their ancestors walked.
5So I will send a fire on Judah,
and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
A word to Israel
6The Lord proclaims:
For three crimes of Israel,
and for four, I won’t hold back the punishment,
because they have sold the innocent for silver,
and those in need for a pair of sandals.
7They crush the head of the poor into the dust of the earth,
and push the afflicted out of the way.
Father and son have intercourse with the same young woman,
degrading my holy name.
8They stretch out beside every altar
on garments taken in loan;
in the house of their god they drink
wine bought with fines they imposed.
9Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was as tall as cedar trees,
and whose strength was as strong as oak trees.
I destroyed his fruit above
and his roots below.
10Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to lay claim to the land of the Amorite.
11I raised up some of your children to be prophets
and some of your youth to be nazirites.
Isn’t this so, people of Israel?
says the Lord.
12But you made the nazirites drink wine,
and commanded the prophets,
saying, "You won’t prophesy."
13So now I will oppress you,
just like a cart is weighed down#Heb uncertain
when it is full of harvested grain.
14Fast runners will find no refuge;
the strong will lose their strength;
the mighty will be unable to save their lives.
15Those who shoot the bow won’t survive.
Fast runners won’t escape;
those who ride horses won’t save themselves.
16The bravest warrior
will flee away naked in that day,
says the Lord.
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