15 This is a ·message [prophecy; oracle; burden] about Moab:
In one night ·armies took the wealth from Ar in Moab [or Ar of Moab is destroyed/laid waste], and ·it [or Moab] was ·destroyed [ruined]. In one night ·armies took the wealth from Kir in Moab [or Kir is destroyed/laid waste], and it [or Moab] was ·destroyed [ruined]. 2 The ·people of Dibon [L Dibon] go to the ·places of worship [temple; L house] to ·cry [lament; weep]. The people of Moab ·cry [wail] for the cities of Nebo and Medeba. Every head is ·shaved [L bald] and every beard is cut off [C signs of sorrow, mourning, or humiliation]. 3 In the streets they wear ·rough cloth [sackcloth; C to show their sadness]. On the roofs [C roofs were flat and used as living and storage space in Palestine] and in the public squares, they are ·crying loudly [wailing], ·with tears streaming down [or falling down weeping]. 4 ·People in the cities Heshbon and Elealeh [L Heshbon and Elealeh] cry out loud. You can hear their voices far away in the city Jahaz. Even the ·soldiers [armed men] ·are frightened [cry out; shout in terror]; ·they are shaking with fear [L his soul wavers/trembles].
5 My heart cries with sorrow for Moab. Its ·people [fugitives] ·run away to Zoar for safety [L flee to Zoar]; they run to Eglath Shelishiyah. People are going up the ·mountain road to [ascent of] Luhith, ·crying [weeping] as they go. People are going on the road to Horonaim, ·crying over [lamenting] their destruction. 6 But the water of Nimrim ·has dried up [are devastated/desolate]. The grass has dried up, and all the plants ·are dead [have failed/disappeared]; nothing green is left. 7 So the people gather up what they have ·saved [stored up] and carry it across the ·Ravine [Brook; Stream] of the Poplars. 8 Crying ·is heard everywhere in [or echoes throughout the borders of] Moab. Their ·crying [wailing; howling] is heard as far away as the city Eglaim; it is heard as far away as Beer Elim. 9 The water of the city Dibon is full of blood, and I, the Lord, will bring even more troubles to Dibon. ·I will send lions to kill [L A lion for] ·those left in [the fugitives of] Moab And ·those who remain in [the remnant/survivors of] the land.
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