18 “Come down from your glory
    and sit on the parched ground,(A)
    you inhabitants of Daughter Dibon,(B)
for the one who destroys Moab
    will come up against you
    and ruin your fortified cities.(C)
19 Stand by the road and watch,
    you who live in Aroer.(D)
Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping,
    ask them, ‘What has happened?’
20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered.
    Wail(E) and cry out!
Announce by the Arnon(F)
    that Moab is destroyed.
21 Judgment has come to the plateau(G)
    to Holon,(H) Jahzah(I) and Mephaath,(J)
22     to Dibon,(K) Nebo(L) and Beth Diblathaim,
23     to Kiriathaim,(M) Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,(N)
24     to Kerioth(O) and Bozrah(P)
    to all the towns(Q) of Moab, far and near.
25 Moab’s horn[a](R) is cut off;
    her arm(S) is broken,”
declares the Lord.

26 “Make her drunk,(T)
    for she has defied(U) the Lord.
Let Moab wallow in her vomit;(V)
    let her be an object of ridicule.(W)
27 Was not Israel the object of your ridicule?(X)
    Was she caught among thieves,(Y)
that you shake your head(Z) in scorn(AA)
    whenever you speak of her?
28 Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks,
    you who live in Moab.
Be like a dove(AB) that makes its nest
    at the mouth of a cave.(AC)

29 “We have heard of Moab’s pride(AD)
    how great is her arrogance!—
of her insolence, her pride, her conceit
    and the haughtiness(AE) of her heart.
30 I know her insolence but it is futile,”
declares the Lord,
    “and her boasts(AF) accomplish nothing.
31 Therefore I wail(AG) over Moab,
    for all Moab I cry out,
    I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.(AH)
32 I weep for you, as Jazer(AI) weeps,
    you vines of Sibmah.(AJ)
Your branches spread as far as the sea[b];
    they reached as far as[c] Jazer.
The destroyer has fallen
    on your ripened fruit and grapes.
33 Joy and gladness are gone
    from the orchards and fields of Moab.
I have stopped the flow of wine(AK) from the presses;
    no one treads them with shouts of joy.(AL)
Although there are shouts,
    they are not shouts of joy.

34 “The sound of their cry rises
    from Heshbon(AM) to Elealeh(AN) and Jahaz,(AO)
from Zoar(AP) as far as Horonaim(AQ) and Eglath Shelishiyah,
    for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.(AR)
35 In Moab I will put an end
    to those who make offerings on the high places(AS)
    and burn incense(AT) to their gods,”
declares the Lord.
36 “So my heart laments(AU) for Moab like the music of a pipe;
    it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth.(AV)
    The wealth they acquired(AW) is gone.
37 Every head is shaved(AX)
    and every beard(AY) cut off;
every hand is slashed
    and every waist is covered with sackcloth.(AZ)
38 On all the roofs in Moab
    and in the public squares(BA)
there is nothing but mourning,
    for I have broken Moab
    like a jar(BB) that no one wants,”
declares the Lord.
39 “How shattered(BC) she is! How they wail!
    How Moab turns her back in shame!
Moab has become an object of ridicule,(BD)
    an object of horror to all those around her.”

40 This is what the Lord says:

“Look! An eagle is swooping(BE) down,
    spreading its wings(BF) over Moab.
41 Kerioth[d](BG) will be captured
    and the strongholds taken.
In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriors(BH)
    will be like the heart of a woman in labor.(BI)
42 Moab will be destroyed(BJ) as a nation(BK)
    because she defied(BL) the Lord.
43 Terror(BM) and pit and snare(BN) await you,
    you people of Moab,”
declares the Lord.
44 “Whoever flees(BO) from the terror
    will fall into a pit,
whoever climbs out of the pit
    will be caught in a snare;
for I will bring on Moab
    the year(BP) of her punishment,”
declares the Lord.

45 “In the shadow of Heshbon
    the fugitives stand helpless,
for a fire has gone out from Heshbon,
    a blaze from the midst of Sihon;(BQ)
it burns the foreheads of Moab,
    the skulls(BR) of the noisy boasters.
46 Woe to you, Moab!(BS)
    The people of Chemosh are destroyed;
your sons are taken into exile
    and your daughters into captivity.

47 “Yet I will restore(BT) the fortunes of Moab
    in days to come,”
declares the Lord.

Here ends the judgment on Moab.

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  1. Jeremiah 48:25 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  2. Jeremiah 48:32 Probably the Dead Sea
  3. Jeremiah 48:32 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts as far as the Sea of
  4. Jeremiah 48:41 Or The cities

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