The towns of Ar and Kir were destroyed in a night. Moab is left in ruins! 2 Everyone in Dibon has gone up to the temple[a] and the shrines to cry and weep. All of Moab is crying. Heads and beards are shaved[b] because of what happened at Nebo and Medeba. 3 In the towns and at home, everyone wears sackcloth and cries loud and long. 4 From Heshbon and Elealeh, weeping is heard in Jahaz; Moab’s warriors scream while trembling with fear.
5 I pity Moab! Its people are running to Zoar and to Eglath-Shelishiyah. They cry on their way up to the town of Luhith; on the road to Horonaim they tell of disasters. 6 The streams of Nimrim and the grasslands have dried up. Every plant is parched.
7 The people of Moab are leaving, crossing over Willow Creek, taking everything they own and have worked for. 8 In the towns of Eglaim and of Beerelim and everywhere else in Moab mournful cries are heard. 9 The streams near Dimon are flowing with blood. But the Lord will bring even worse trouble to Dimon,[c] because all in Moab who escape will be attacked by lions.
15.2Everyone. . . temple: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
15.2Heads. . . shaved: As a sign of sorrow and mourning.
15.9Dimon. . . Dimon: The Standard Hebrew Text; the Dead Sea Scrolls and one ancient translation have Dibon. . . Dibon.
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