Israel’s Return

14 For the Lord will have compassion(A) on Jacob and will choose Israel again.(B) He will settle them on their own land.(C) The resident alien will join them and be united with the house of Jacob.(D) The nations will escort Israel and bring it to its homeland. Then the house of Israel will possess them as male and female slaves in the Lord’s land.(E) They will make captives of their captors and will rule over their oppressors.

Downfall of the King of Babylon

When the Lord gives you rest from your pain,(F) torment, and the hard labor(G) you were forced to do, you will sing this song of contempt about the king of Babylon(H) and say:

How the oppressor has quieted down,
and how the raging[a] has become quiet!
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of the rulers.
It struck the peoples in anger
with unceasing blows.
It subdued the nations in rage
with relentless persecution.
The whole earth is calm and at rest;
people shout with a ringing cry.
Even the cypresses and the cedars of Lebanon
rejoice over you:(I)
“Since you have been laid low,
no lumberjack has come against us.”

Sheol below is eager to greet your coming,
stirring up the spirits of the departed for you—
all the rulers[b] of the earth—
making all the kings of the nations
rise from their thrones.
10 They all respond to you, saying,
“You too have become as weak as we are;
you have become like us!
11 Your splendor has been brought down to Sheol,
along with the music of your harps.
Maggots are spread out under you,
and worms cover you.”

12 Shining morning star,[c](J)
how you have fallen from the heavens!(K)
You destroyer of nations,
you have been cut down to the ground.
13 You said to yourself,
“I will ascend to the heavens;(L)
I will set up my throne
above the stars of God.(M)
I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,
in the remotest parts of the North.[d](N)
14 I will ascend above the highest clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you will be brought down to Sheol
into the deepest regions of the Pit.(O)

16 Those who see you will stare at you;
they will look closely at you:
“Is this the man who caused the earth to tremble,
who shook the kingdoms,
17 who turned the world into a wilderness,(P)
who destroyed its cities
and would not release the prisoners to return home?”
18 All the kings of the nations
lie in splendor, each in his own tomb.
19 But you are thrown out without a grave,
like a worthless branch,
covered by those slain with the sword
and dumped into a rocky pit like a trampled corpse.
20 You will not join them in burial,
because you destroyed your land
and slaughtered your own people.
The offspring of evildoers
will never be mentioned again.(Q)
21 Prepare a place of slaughter for his sons,
because of the iniquity(R) of their fathers.
They will never rise up to possess a land
or fill the surface of the earth with cities.

22 “I will rise up against them”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies—“and I will cut off from Babylon her reputation, remnant, offspring, and posterity”—this is the Lord’s declaration. 23 “I will make her a swampland and a region for herons,[e] and I will sweep her away with the broom of destruction.”

This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.

Assyria Will Be Destroyed

24 The Lord of Armies has sworn:

As I have purposed, so it will be;
as I have planned it, so it will happen.(S)
25 I will break Assyria(T) in my land;
I will tread him down on my mountain.
Then his yoke will be taken from them,
and his burden will be removed from their shoulders.
26 This is the plan(U) prepared
for the whole earth,
and this is the hand stretched out
against all the nations.
27 The Lord of Armies himself has planned it;
therefore, who can stand in its way?
It is his hand that is outstretched,
so who can turn it back?

A Pronouncement against Philistia

28 In the year that King Ahaz died,(V) this pronouncement came:(W)

29 Don’t rejoice, all of you in Philistia,
because the rod of the one who struck you(X) is broken.
For a viper will come from the root[f] of a snake,
and from its egg comes a flying serpent.(Y)
30 Then the firstborn(Z) of the poor will be well fed,
and the impoverished will lie down in safety,
but I will kill your root with hunger,
and your remnant will be slain.
31 Wail, you gates!(AA) Cry out, city!
Tremble with fear,(AB) all Philistia!
For a cloud of dust is coming from the north,(AC)
and there is no one missing from the invader’s ranks.
32 What answer will be given to the messengers from that nation?
The Lord has founded Zion,(AD)
and his oppressed people find refuge in her.

A Pronouncement against Moab

15 A pronouncement concerning Moab:(AE)

Ar in Moab is devastated,(AF)
destroyed in a night.
Kir in Moab is devastated,
destroyed in a night.
Dibon went up to its temple
to weep at its high places.
Moab wails on Nebo and at[g] Medeba.
Every head is shaved;
every beard is chopped short.

In its streets they wear sackcloth;
on its rooftops and in its public squares everyone wails,
falling down and weeping.
Heshbon and Elealeh cry out;
their voices are heard as far away as Jahaz.(AG)
Therefore the soldiers of Moab cry out,
and they tremble.[h]
My heart cries out over Moab,
whose fugitives flee as far as Zoar,(AH)
to Eglath-shelishiyah;
they go up the Ascent of Luhith weeping;
they raise a cry of destruction
on the road to Horonaim.

The Waters of Nimrim(AI) are desolate;
the grass is withered, the foliage is gone,
and the vegetation has vanished.
So they carry their wealth and belongings
over the Wadi of the Willows.(AJ)
For their cry echoes
throughout the territory of Moab.
Their wailing reaches Eglaim;
their wailing reaches Beer-elim.
The Waters of Dibon[i] are full of blood,(AK)
but I will bring on Dibon[j] even more than this—
a lion for those who escape from Moab,
and for the survivors in the land.(AL)

16 Send lambs to the ruler of the land,(AM)
from Sela in the desert(AN)
to the mountain of Daughter Zion.
Like a bird fleeing,
forced from the nest,
the daughters of Moab
will be at the fords of the Arnon.
Give us counsel and make a decision.
Shelter us at noonday
with shade that is as dark as night.
Hide the refugees;(AO)
do not betray the one who flees.
Let my refugees stay with you;
be a refuge for Moab[k] from the aggressor.
When the oppressor has gone,
destruction has ended,
and marauders have vanished from the land,

a throne will be established in love,(AP)
and one will sit on it faithfully[l]
in the tent of David,
judging and pursuing what is right,
quick to execute justice.
We have heard of Moab’s pride(AQ)
how very proud he is—
his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance,
and his empty boasting.
Therefore let Moab wail;
let every one of them wail for Moab.
You who are completely devastated, mourn
for the raisin cakes(AR) of Kir-hareseth.(AS)
For Heshbon’s terraced vineyards
and the grapevines of Sibmah have withered.
The rulers of the nations
have trampled its choice vines
that reached as far as Jazer(AT)
and spread to the desert.
Their shoots spread out
and reached the sea.(AU)
So I join with Jazer
to weep for the vines of Sibmah;
I drench Heshbon and Elealeh with my tears.
Triumphant shouts have fallen silent[m]
over your summer fruit and your harvest.
10 Joy and rejoicing(AV) have been removed from the orchard;
no one is singing or shouting for joy in the vineyards.(AW)
No one tramples grapes[n] in the winepresses.
I have put an end to the shouting.

11 Therefore I moan like the sound of a lyre for Moab,(AX)
as does my innermost being for Kir-heres.
12 When Moab appears
and tires himself out on the high place(AY)
and comes to his sanctuary to pray,
it will do him no good.(AZ)

13 This is the message that the Lord previously announced about Moab. 14 And now the Lord says, “In three years, as a hired worker counts years,(BA) Moab’s splendor will become an object of contempt, in spite of a very large population. And those who are left will be few and weak.”

Footnotes

  1. 14:4 DSS; Hb uncertain
  2. 14:9 Lit rams
  3. 14:12 Or Day Star, son of the dawn
  4. 14:13 Or of Zaphon
  5. 14:23 Or hedgehogs; Hb obscure
  6. 14:29 Or stock
  7. 15:2 Or wails over Nebo and over
  8. 15:4 Lit out, he trembles within himself
  9. 15:9 DSS, some LXX mss, Vg; MT reads Dimon
  10. 15:9 DSS, some LXX mss, Vg; MT reads Dimon
  11. 16:4 Or you; Moab—be a refuge for him
  12. 16:5 Or continually
  13. 16:9 Or Battle cries have fallen
  14. 16:10 Lit wine

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