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Isaiah 16 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

16 The causes wherefore the Moabites are destroyed.

Send [a]ye a lamb to the ruler of the world from the rock of the wilderness, unto the mountain of the daughter Zion.

For it shall be as a bird that [b]flieth, and a nest forsaken: the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

Gather a counsel, execute judgment, [c]make thy shadow as the night in the midday: hide them that are chased out: bewray not him that is fled.

Let my banished dwell with thee: Moab, be thou their covert from the face of the destroyer: for the extortioner [d]shall end: the destroyer shall be consumed, and the oppressor shall cease out of the land.

And in mercy shall the throne be prepared, [e]and he shall sit upon it in steadfastness, in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting justice.

We have heard of the pride of Moab (he is very proud) even his pride, and his arrogancy, and his indignation, but his [f]lies shall not be so.

Therefore shall Moab howl unto Moab, everyone shall howl: for the foundations of Kir Hareseth shall ye mourn, yet they shall be [g]stricken.

For the vineyards of Heshbon are cut down, and the vine of Sibmah: [h]the lords of the heathen have broken the principal vines thereof: they are come unto [i]Jazer: they wandered in the wilderness: her goodly branches stretched out themselves, and went over the sea.

Therefore will [j]I weep with the weeping of Jazer, and of the vine of Sibmah, O Heshbon: and Elealeh, I will make thee drunk with my tears, because upon thy summer fruits, and upon thy harvest [k]a shouting is fallen.

10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field: and in the vineyards shall be no singing nor shouting for joy: the treader shall not tread wine in the wine presses: I have caused the rejoicing to cease.

11 Wherefore, my [l]bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir Heres.

12 And when it shall appear that Moab shall be weary of his high places, then shall he come to his [m]temple to pray, but he shall not prevail.

13 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken against Moab since that time.

14 And now the Lord hath spoken, saying, [n]In three years as the years of an [o]hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned in all the great multitude, and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.


  1. Isaiah 16:1 That is, offer a sacrifice, whereby he derideth their long delay, which would not repent when the Lord called them, showing them that it is now too late, seeing the vengeance of God is upon them.
  2. Isaiah 16:2 There is no remedy, but you must flee.
  3. Isaiah 16:3 He showeth what Moab should have done, when Israel their neighbor was in affliction, to whom because they would give no shadow nor comfort, they are now left comfortless.
  4. Isaiah 16:4 The Assyrians shall oppress the Israelites, but for a while.
  5. Isaiah 16:5 Meaning, Christ.
  6. Isaiah 16:6 Their vain confidence, and proud brags shall deceive them, Jer. 48:2.
  7. Isaiah 16:7 For all your mourning, yet the city shall be destroyed, even unto the foundation.
  8. Isaiah 16:8 That is, the Assyrians and other enemies.
  9. Isaiah 16:8 Meaning, that the country of Moab was now destroyed, and all the precious things thereof were carried into the borders, yea into other countries, and over the sea.
  10. Isaiah 16:9 He showeth that their plague was so great, that it would have moved any man to lament with them, as Ps. 141:5.
  11. Isaiah 16:9 The enemies are come upon thee, and shout for joy, when they carry thy commodities from thee, as Jer. 48:33.
  12. Isaiah 16:11 For very sorrow and compassion.
  13. Isaiah 16:12 They shall use all means to seek help of their idols, and all in vain: for Chemosh their great god shall not be able to help them.
  14. Isaiah 16:14 He appointed a certain time to punish the enemies in.
  15. Isaiah 16:14 Who will observe justly the time for the which he is hired, and serve no longer, but will ever long for it.
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Isaiah 16 New International Version (NIV)

16 Send lambs as tribute
    to the ruler of the land,
from Sela, across the desert,
    to the mount of Daughter Zion.
Like fluttering birds
    pushed from the nest,
so are the women of Moab
    at the fords of the Arnon.

“Make up your mind,” Moab says.
    “Render a decision.
Make your shadow like night—
    at high noon.
Hide the fugitives,
    do not betray the refugees.
Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you;
    be their shelter from the destroyer.”

The oppressor will come to an end,
    and destruction will cease;
    the aggressor will vanish from the land.
In love a throne will be established;
    in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
    one from the house[a] of David
one who in judging seeks justice
    and speeds the cause of righteousness.

We have heard of Moab’s pride
    how great is her arrogance!—
of her conceit, her pride and her insolence;
    but her boasts are empty.
Therefore the Moabites wail,
    they wail together for Moab.
Lament and grieve
    for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth.
The fields of Heshbon wither,
    the vines of Sibmah also.
The rulers of the nations
    have trampled down the choicest vines,
which once reached Jazer
    and spread toward the desert.
Their shoots spread out
    and went as far as the sea.[b]
So I weep, as Jazer weeps,
    for the vines of Sibmah.
Heshbon and Elealeh,
    I drench you with tears!
The shouts of joy over your ripened fruit
    and over your harvests have been stilled.
10 Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards;
    no one sings or shouts in the vineyards;
no one treads out wine at the presses,
    for I have put an end to the shouting.
11 My heart laments for Moab like a harp,
    my inmost being for Kir Hareseth.
12 When Moab appears at her high place,
    she only wears herself out;
when she goes to her shrine to pray,
    it is to no avail.

13 This is the word the Lord has already spoken concerning Moab. 14 But now the Lord says: “Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble.”


  1. Isaiah 16:5 Hebrew tent
  2. Isaiah 16:8 Probably the Dead Sea
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