15 The [mournful, inspired] oracle ([a]a burden to be carried) concerning Moab:
Because in a night Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined; Because in a night Kir of Moab is devastated and ruined. 2 They have gone up to the temple and to Dibon, to the high places to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and over Medeba; Everyone’s head is shaved, and every beard is cut off [in mourning]. 3 In their streets they have wrapped themselves with sackcloth; On their [flat] housetops and in their open squares Everyone is wailing, dissolved in tears. 4 Heshbon and Elealeh [cities claimed by Moab] cry out; Their voice is heard as far as Jahaz. Therefore the armed men of Moab cry out; Moab’s soul trembles within him. 5 My heart cries out for Moab; His fugitives are [fleeing] as far as Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah. For they go up the ascent of Luhith weeping; For on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of distress over their destruction. 6 For the waters of Nimrim are desolate. Indeed the grass is withered, the new growth dies; There is no green thing. 7 Therefore the abundance which they have acquired and stored away They carry off over the Brook of the Willows. 8 For the cry of distress has echoed around the territory of Moab; The wailing goes as far as Eglaim and the mournful cry to Beer-elim. 9 For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; Yet I will bring even more woes on Dimon— A lion upon those of Moab who escape and upon the remnant of the land.
Isaiah 15:1I.e. an urgent message the prophet is under compulsion to proclaim.
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