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14 So you must give farewell gifts
    to Moresheth[a] in Gath.
The houses in Aczib[b] will be false help
    to the kings of Israel.
15 I will bring an enemy against you
    who live in Mareshah.[c]
    He will take what you own.
The leaders Israel brags about
    will hide in the cave at Adullam.
16 Cut off your hair to show you are sad.
    Cry for the children you love.
Make yourself bald like the eagle,
    because your children will be forced to live in a foreign land.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:14 Moresheth This may be a wordplay on the word “engaged,” referring to a farewell gift to a bride.
  2. 1:14 Aczib This name means “lie” or “trick.”
  3. 1:15 Mareshah This name sounds like the Hebrew word for a person who captures other cities and lands.

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