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16 (A)Send the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land,
From [a](B)Sela by way of the wilderness to the (C)mountain of the daughter of Zion.
Then, like [b](D)fleeing birds or scattered [c]nestlings,
The daughters of (E)Moab will be at the fords of the (F)Arnon.
“Bring us counsel, make a decision;
[d]Cast your (G)shadow like night [e]at high noon;
(H)Hide those banished, do not reveal the one who flees.
Let the [f]banished of Moab sojourn with you;
Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer.”
For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
(I)Oppressors have completely disappeared from the land.
And a (J)throne will be established in lovingkindness,
And a judge will sit on it in truth in the tent of (K)David;
Moreover, he will seek justice
And be prompt in righteousness.

(L)We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
Even of his lofty pride, pride, and fury;
(M)His idle boasts are [g]false.
Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail.
You will moan for the (N)raisin cakes of (O)Kir-hareseth
As those who are utterly stricken.
For the fields of (P)Heshbon have languished, the vines of (Q)Sibmah as well;
The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters
Which reached as far as Jazer and wandered to the deserts;
(R)Its tendrils spread themselves out and passed over the sea.
Therefore I will (S)weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah;
I will drench you with my tears, O (T)Heshbon and Elealeh;
For the shouting over your (U)summer fruits and your harvest has fallen away.
10 (V)Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful orchard;
In the (W)vineyards also there will be no cries of joy or shouts of jubilation,
No (X)treader treads out wine in the presses,
For I have made the shouting to cease.
11 Therefore my [h](Y)inner being moans like a harp for Moab
And my [i]inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
12 So it will be when Moab (Z)appears,
When he (AA)wearies himself upon his (AB)high place
And comes to his sanctuary to pray,
That he will not prevail.

13 This is the word which Yahweh spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14 But now Yahweh speaks, saying, “Within three years, as [j](AC)a hired man would count them, the glory of (AD)Moab will be dishonored along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and not mighty.”


  1. Isaiah 16:1 Petra in Edom
  2. Isaiah 16:2 Or fluttering
  3. Isaiah 16:2 Lit nest
  4. Isaiah 16:3 Lit Set
  5. Isaiah 16:3 Lit in the midst of the noon
  6. Isaiah 16:4 As in the versions; M.T. My banished ones, as for Moab
  7. Isaiah 16:6 Lit not so
  8. Isaiah 16:11 Lit entrails murmur
  9. Isaiah 16:11 Lit inward part
  10. Isaiah 16:14 Lit the years of a hireling