“For ·the many [L three, even four; 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13] ·crimes [sins; transgressions] of Moab, I will ·punish them [L not turn back/grant a reprieve]. They burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime [C desecrating a tomb was a serious offense in the ancient Near East]. 2 So I will send fire on Moab that will ·destroy [consume; devour] the ·strong buildings [fortresses; palaces] of the city of Kerioth. ·The people of Moab [L Moab] will die in a great ·noise [uproar; tumult], in the middle of ·the sounds of war [shouting; war cries] and trumpets. 3 So I will ·bring an end to [destroy; L cut off] the king of Moab, and I will kill all its ·leaders [officials; princes] with him,” says the Lord.
The People of Judah
4 This is what the Lord says:
“For ·the many [L three, even four; 2:1] ·crimes [sins; transgressions] of Judah, I will ·punish them [L not turn back/grant a reprieve]. They rejected the ·teachings [law; L Torah] of the Lord and did not ·keep [guard] his ·commands [statutes; ordinances; requirements]; they ·followed the same gods [or have been led astray by the same lies] as their ·ancestors [fathers] had followed. 5 So I will send fire on Judah, and it will ·destroy [consume; devour] the ·strong buildings [fortresses; palaces] of Jerusalem.”
Israel Is Punished
6 This is what the Lord says:
“For ·the many [L three, even four; 2:1] ·crimes [sins; transgressions] of Israel, I will ·punish them [L not turn back/grant a reprieve]. For silver, they sell ·people who have done nothing wrong [the innocent/righteous]; they sell the ·poor [needy] to buy a pair of sandals. 7 They ·walk [trample] on ·poor people [L the heads of the poor] as if they were ·dirt [L the dust of the ground/earth], and they ·refuse to be fair to [deny justice to; or push away] those who are ·suffering [afflicted]. Fathers and sons ·have sexual relations with [L go in to] the same woman, and so they ·ruin [defile; profane] my holy name. 8 ·As they worship at their altars [L Beside every altar], they lie down on clothes taken ·from the poor [L in pledge; C as collateral for a debt; Deut. 24:12–13]. They fine people, and with that money they buy wine to drink in the house of their god.
9 “But it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them, who were tall like cedar trees and as strong as oaks— I destroyed ·them completely [L their fruit above and roots below]. 10 It was I who brought you from the land of Egypt and led you for forty years through the ·desert [wilderness] ·so I could give you [L to possess] the land of the Amorites. 11 I made some of your children to be prophets and some of your young people to be Nazirites [Num. 6:2]. ·People [L Sons/T Children] of Israel, isn’t this true?” says the Lord. 12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine [C violating their vows; Num. 6:3] and ·told [commanded] the prophets not to prophesy. 13 Now I ·will make you get stuck [or will crush/press you down; or am burdened by you], as a wagon loaded with grain ·gets stuck [or is weighed/pressed down]. 14 No one will ·escape [find refuge], not even the fastest runner. Strong people will not be strong enough; warriors will not be able to save themselves. 15 Soldiers with bows and arrows will not ·stand and fight [hold their ground], and even fast runners will not get away; soldiers on horses will not escape alive. 16 At that time even the bravest warriors will run away ·without their armor [L naked],” says the Lord.
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