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1 Concerning Moab. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Woe to Nebo, for it has been destroyed; Kiriathaim has been put to shame, it has been captured; The lofty stronghold has been put to shame and shattered. 2 There is praise for Moab no longer; In Heshbon they have devised calamity against her: Come and let us cut her off from being a nation! You too, Madmen, will be silenced; The sword will follow after you. 3 The sound of an outcry from Horonaim, Devastation and great destruction! 4 Moab is broken, Her little ones have sounded out a cry of distress. 5 For by the ascent of Luhith They will ascend with continual weeping; For at the descent of Horonaim They have heard the anguished cry of destruction. 6 Flee, save your lives, That you may be like a juniper in the wilderness. 7 For because of your trust in your own achievements and treasures, Even you yourself will be captured; And Chemosh will go off into exile Together with his priests and his princes. 8 A destroyer will come to every city, So that no city will escape; The valley also will be ruined And the plateau will be destroyed, As the LORD has said. 9 Give wings to Moab, For she will flee away; And her cities will become a desolation, Without inhabitants in them. 10 Cursed be the one who does the LORDS work negligently, And cursed be the one who restrains his sword from blood. 11 Moab has been at ease since his youth; He has also been undisturbed, like wine on its dregs, And he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into exile. Therefore he retains his flavor, And his aroma has not changed. 12 Therefore behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will send to him those who tip vessels, and they will tip him over, and they will empty his vessels and shatter his jars. 13 And Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence. 14 How can you say, We are mighty warriors, And men valiant for battle? 15 Moab has been destroyed and men have gone up to his cities; His choicest young men have also gone down to the slaughter, Declares the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts. 16 The disaster of Moab will soon come, And his calamity has swiftly hastened. 17 Mourn for him, all you who live around him, Even all of you who know his name; Say, How has the mighty scepter been broken, A staff of splendor! 18 Come down from your glory And sit on the parched ground, O daughter dwelling in Dibon, For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you, He has ruined your strongholds. 19 Stand by the road and keep watch, O inhabitant of Aroer; Ask him who flees and her who escapes And say, What has happened? 20 Moab has been put to shame, for it has been shattered. Wail and cry out; Declare by the Arnon That Moab has been destroyed. 21 Judgment has also come upon the plain, upon Holon, Jahzah and against Mephaath, 22 against Dibon, Nebo and Beth-diblathaim, 23 against Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul and Beth-meon, 24 against Kerioth, Bozrah and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 The horn of Moab has been cut off and his arm broken, declares the LORD. 26 Make him drunk, for he has become arrogant toward the LORD; so Moab will wallow in his vomit, and he also will become a laughingstock. 27 Now was not Israel a laughingstock to you? Or was he caught among thieves? For each time you speak about him you shake your head in scorn. 28 Leave the cities and dwell among the crags, O inhabitants of Moab, And be like a dove that nests Beyond the mouth of the chasm. 29 We have heard of the pride of Moab--he is very proud-- Of his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation. 30 I know his fury, declares the LORD, But it is futile; His idle boasts have accomplished nothing. 31 Therefore I will wail for Moab, Even for all Moab will I cry out; I will moan for the men of Kir-heres. 32 More than the weeping for Jazer I will weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your tendrils stretched across the sea, They reached to the sea of Jazer; Upon your summer fruits and your grape harvest The destroyer has fallen. 33 So gladness and joy are taken away From the fruitful field, even from the land of Moab. And I have made the wine to cease from the wine presses; No one will tread them with shouting, The shouting will not be shouts of joy. 34 From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, even to Jahaz they have raised their voice, from Zoar even to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah; for even the waters of Nimrim will become desolate. 35 I will make an end of Moab, declares the LORD, the one who offers sacrifice on the high place and the one who burns incense to his gods. 36 Therefore My heart wails for Moab like flutes; My heart also wails like flutes for the men of Kir-heres. Therefore they have lost the abundance it produced. 37 For every head is bald and every beard cut short; there are gashes on all the hands and sackcloth on the loins. 38 On all the housetops of Moab and in its streets there is lamentation everywhere; for I have broken Moab like an undesirable vessel, declares the LORD. 39 How shattered it is! How they have wailed! How Moab has turned his back--he is ashamed! So Moab will become a laughingstock and an object of terror to all around him. 40 For thus says the LORD: Behold, one will fly swiftly like an eagle And spread out his wings against Moab. 41 Kerioth has been captured And the strongholds have been seized, So the hearts of the mighty men of Moab in that day Will be like the heart of a woman in labor. 42 Moab will be destroyed from being a people Because he has become arrogant toward the LORD. 43 Terror, pit and snare are coming upon you, O inhabitant of Moab, declares the LORD. 44 The one who flees from the terror Will fall into the pit, And the one who climbs up out of the pit Will be caught in the snare; For I shall bring upon her, even upon Moab, The year of their punishment, declares the LORD. 45 In the shadow of Heshbon The fugitives stand without strength; For a fire has gone forth from Heshbon And a flame from the midst of Sihon, And it has devoured the forehead of Moab And the scalps of the riotous revelers. 46 Woe to you, Moab! The people of Chemosh have perished; For your sons have been taken away captive And your daughters into captivity. 47 Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab In the latter days, declares the LORD.
1 Concerning the sons of Ammon. Thus says the LORD: Does Israel have no sons? Or has he no heirs? Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad And his people settled in its cities? 2 Therefore behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, That I will cause a trumpet blast of war to be heard Against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon; And it will become a desolate heap, And her towns will be set on fire. Then Israel will take possession of his possessors, Says the LORD. 3 Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai has been destroyed! Cry out, O daughters of Rabbah, Gird yourselves with sackcloth and lament, And rush back and forth inside the walls; For Malcam will go into exile Together with his priests and his princes. 4 How boastful you are about the valleys! Your valley is flowing away, O backsliding daughter Who trusts in her treasures, saying, Who will come against me? 5 Behold, I am going to bring terror upon you, Declares the Lord GOD of hosts, From all directions around you; And each of you will be driven out headlong, With no one to gather the fugitives together. 6 But afterward I will restore The fortunes of the sons of Ammon, Declares the LORD. 7 Concerning Edom. Thus says the LORD of hosts, Is there no longer any wisdom in Teman? Has good counsel been lost to the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed? 8 Flee away, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan, For I will bring the disaster of Esau upon him At the time I punish him. 9 If grape gatherers came to you, Would they not leave gleanings? If thieves came by night, They would destroy only until they had enough. 10 But I have stripped Esau bare, I have uncovered his hiding places So that he will not be able to conceal himself; His offspring has been destroyed along with his relatives And his neighbors, and he is no more. 11 Leave your orphans behind, I will keep them alive; And let your widows trust in Me. 12 For thus says the LORD, Behold, those who were not sentenced to drink the cup will certainly drink it, and are you the one who will be completely acquitted? You will not be acquitted, but you will certainly drink it. 13 For I have sworn by Myself, declares the LORD, that Bozrah will become an object of horror, a reproach, a ruin and a curse; and all its cities will become perpetual ruins. 14 I have heard a message from the LORD, And an envoy is sent among the nations, saying, Gather yourselves together and come against her, And rise up for battle! 15 For behold, I have made you small among the nations, Despised among men. 16 As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagles, I will bring you down from there, declares the LORD. 17 Edom will become an object of horror; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss at all its wounds. 18 Like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors, says the LORD, no one will live there, nor will a son of man reside in it. 19 Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make him run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me? 20 Therefore hear the plan of the LORD which He has planned against Edom, and His purposes which He has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them. 21 The earth has quaked at the noise of their downfall. There is an outcry! The noise of it has been heard at the Red Sea. 22 Behold, He will mount up and swoop like an eagle and spread out His wings against Bozrah; and the hearts of the mighty men of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor. 23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, For they have heard bad news; They are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, It cannot be calmed. 24 Damascus has become helpless; She has turned away to flee, And panic has gripped her; Distress and pangs have taken hold of her Like a woman in childbirth. 25 How the city of praise has not been deserted, The town of My joy! 26 Therefore, her young men will fall in her streets, And all the men of war will be silenced in that day, declares the LORD of hosts. 27 I will set fire to the wall of Damascus, And it will devour the fortified towers of Ben-hadad. 28 Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated. Thus says the LORD, Arise, go up to Kedar And devastate the men of the east. 29 They will take away their tents and their flocks; They will carry off for themselves Their tent curtains, all their goods and their camels, And they will call out to one another, Terror on every side! 30 Run away, flee! Dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Hazor, declares the LORD; For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has formed a plan against you And devised a scheme against you. 31 Arise, go up against a nation which is at ease, Which lives securely, declares the LORD. It has no gates or bars; They dwell alone. 32 Their camels will become plunder, And their many cattle for booty, And I will scatter to all the winds those who cut the corners of their hair; And I will bring their disaster from every side, declares the LORD. 33 Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, A desolation forever; No one will live there, Nor will a son of man reside in it. 34 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying: 35 Thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam, The finest of their might. 36 I will bring upon Elam the four winds From the four ends of heaven, And will scatter them to all these winds; And there will be no nation To which the outcasts of Elam will not go. 37 So I will shatter Elam before their enemies And before those who seek their lives; And I will bring calamity upon them, Even My fierce anger, declares the LORD, And I will send out the sword after them Until I have consumed them. 38 Then I will set My throne in Elam And destroy out of it king and princes, Declares the LORD. 39 But it will come about in the last days That I will restore the fortunes of Elam, Declares the LORD.
1 The word which the LORD spoke concerning Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet: 2 Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, Babylon has been captured, Bel has been put to shame, Marduk has been shattered; Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered. 3 For a nation has come up against her out of the north; it will make her land an object of horror, and there will be no inhabitant in it. Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away! 4 In those days and at that time, declares the LORD, the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek. 5 They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. 6 My people have become lost sheep; Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the mountains; They have gone along from mountain to hill And have forgotten their resting place. 7 All who came upon them have devoured them; And their adversaries have said, We are not guilty, Inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the habitation of righteousness, Even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. 8 Wander away from the midst of Babylon And go forth from the land of the Chaldeans; Be also like male goats at the head of the flock. 9 For behold, I am going to arouse and bring up against Babylon A horde of great nations from the land of the north, And they will draw up their battle lines against her; From there she will be taken captive. Their arrows will be like an expert warrior Who does not return empty-handed. 10 Chaldea will become plunder; All who plunder her will have enough, declares the LORD. 11 Because you are glad, because you are jubilant, O you who pillage My heritage, Because you skip about like a threshing heifer And neigh like stallions, 12 Your mother will be greatly ashamed, She who gave you birth will be humiliated. Behold, she will be the least of the nations, A wilderness, a parched land and a desert. 13 Because of the indignation of the LORD she will not be inhabited, But she will be completely desolate; Everyone who passes by Babylon will be horrified And will hiss because of all her wounds. 14 Draw up your battle lines against Babylon on every side, All you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, do not be sparing with your arrows, For she has sinned against the LORD. 15 Raise your battle cry against her on every side! She has given herself up, her pillars have fallen, Her walls have been torn down. For this is the vengeance of the LORD: Take vengeance on her; As she has done to others, so do to her. 16 Cut off the sower from Babylon And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest; From before the sword of the oppressor They will each turn back to his own people And they will each flee to his own land. 17 Israel is a scattered flock, the lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. 18 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria. 19 And I will bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his desire will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days and at that time, declares the LORD, search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant. 21 Against the land of Merathaim, go up against it, And against the inhabitants of Pekod. Slay and utterly destroy them, declares the LORD, And do according to all that I have commanded you. 22 The noise of battle is in the land, And great destruction. 23 How the hammer of the whole earth Has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become An object of horror among the nations! 24 I set a snare for you and you were also caught, O Babylon, While you yourself were not aware; You have been found and also seized Because you have engaged in conflict with the LORD. 25 The LORD has opened His armory And has brought forth the weapons of His indignation, For it is a work of the Lord GOD of hosts In the land of the Chaldeans. 26 Come to her from the farthest border; Open up her barns, Pile her up like heaps And utterly destroy her, Let nothing be left to her. 27 Put all her young bulls to the sword; Let them go down to the slaughter! Woe be upon them, for their day has come, The time of their punishment. 28 There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His temple. 29 Summon many against Babylon, All those who bend the bow: Encamp against her on every side, Let there be no escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become arrogant against the LORD, Against the Holy One of Israel. 30 Therefore her young men will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be silenced in that day, declares the LORD. 31 Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one, Declares the Lord GOD of hosts, For your day has come, The time when I will punish you. 32 The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set fire to his cities And it will devour all his environs. 33 Thus says the LORD of hosts, The sons of Israel are oppressed, And the sons of Judah as well; And all who took them captive have held them fast, They have refused to let them go. 34 Their Redeemer is strong, the LORD of hosts is His name; He will vigorously plead their case So that He may bring rest to the earth, But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon. 35 A sword against the Chaldeans, declares the LORD, And against the inhabitants of Babylon And against her officials and her wise men! 36 A sword against the oracle priests, and they will become fools! A sword against her mighty men, and they will be shattered! 37 A sword against their horses and against their chariots And against all the foreigners who are in the midst of her, And they will become women! A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered! 38 A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols. 39 Therefore the desert creatures will live there along with the jackals; The ostriches also will live in it, And it will never again be inhabited Or dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 As when God overthrew Sodom And Gomorrah with its neighbors, declares the LORD, No man will live there, Nor will any son of man reside in it. 41 Behold, a people is coming from the north, And a great nation and many kings Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth. 42 They seize their bow and javelin; They are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea; And they ride on horses, Marshalled like a man for the battle Against you, O daughter of Babylon. 43 The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands hang limp; Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth. 44 Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thicket of the Jordan to a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is chosen I will appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand before Me? 45 Therefore hear the plan of the LORD which He has planned against Babylon, and His purposes which He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them. 46 At the shout, Babylon has been seized! the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations.