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Moab Will Be Punished

15 This is the divine revelation about Moab.

    In a single night Ar in Moab is laid waste and destroyed!
    In a single night Kir in Moab is laid waste and destroyed!
The people of Dibon go to the temple,
    to the worship sites, to cry.
    Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba.
    Every head is shaved bald, and every beard is cut off.[a]
In their streets they wear sackcloth.
    On their roofs and in their city squares everyone wails and cries.
Heshbon and Elealeh also cry out.
    Their voices are heard as far away as Jahaz.
    Moab’s armed men cry out.
    Their courage is gone.
My heart cries out for Moab.
    Its people flee as far as Zoar at Eglath Shelishiyah.
        They go up the mountain road to Luhith.
        They cry loudly over the destruction on the way to Horonaim.
The Nimrim Brook has run dry!
    The grass dries up,
        the vegetation withers,
            and nothing green is left.
That is why they carry the wealth that they have earned and stored up
    over Willow Ravine.
Cries for help echo throughout the land of Moab.
    Their wailing echoes as far as Eglaim.
    Their wailing echoes as far as Beer Elim.
The water in Dimon is red with blood,
    yet I will bring even more on Dimon.
        A lion will attack the fugitives from Moab
            and the survivors from Adamah.[b]


  1. Isaiah 15:2 The shaving of the head and the beard are signs of a people going into exile.
  2. Isaiah 15:9 Or “the survivors in the countryside.”