I will punish Moab for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They made lime from the bones[a] of the king of Edom. 2 Now I will send fire to destroy the fortresses of Kerioth.[b] Battle shouts and trumpet blasts will be heard as I destroy Moab 3 with its king and leaders. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Judgment on Judah
4 The Lord said:
I will punish Judah for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They have rejected my teachings and refused to obey me. They were led astray by the same false gods their ancestors worshiped. 5 Now I will send fire on Judah and destroy the fortresses of Jerusalem.
Judgment on Israel
6 The Lord said:
I will punish Israel for countless crimes, and I won’t change my mind. They sell honest people for money, and the needy are sold for the price of sandals. 7 They smear the poor in the dirt and push aside those who are helpless.
My holy name is dishonored, because fathers and sons sleep with the same young women. 8 They lie down beside altars on clothes taken as security for loans. And they drink wine in my temple, wine bought with the money they received from fines.
9 Israel, the Amorites[c] were there when you entered Canaan. They were tall as cedars and strong as oaks. But I wiped them out— I destroyed their branches and their roots. 10 I had rescued you from Egypt, and for forty years I had led you through the desert. Then I gave you the land of the Amorites.
11 I chose some of you to be prophets and others to be Nazirites.[d] People of Israel, you know this is true. I, the Lord, have spoken! 12 But you commanded the prophets not to speak their message, and you pressured the Nazirites into drinking wine.
13 And so I will crush you, just as a wagon full of grain crushes the ground.[e] 14 No matter how fast you run, you won’t escape. No matter how strong you are, you will lose your strength and your life. 15 Even if you are an expert with a bow and arrow, you will retreat. And you won’t get away alive, not even if you run fast or ride a horse. 16 You may be brave and strong, but you will run away, stripped naked. I, the Lord, have spoken!
2.1They. . . bones: They dug up the bodies of kings and made lime out of them to use as whitewash on their houses and walls.
2.2Kerioth: A leading city of Moab and a center for the worship of Chemosh, the chief god of Moab.
2.9Amorites: This word is used for all the people who lived in Canaan at the time Israel took over the land.
2.11Nazirites: People who promised the Lord that they would never drink wine or cut their hair or come in contact with a dead body.
2.13ground: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 13.
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