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Jeremiah 48 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

48 Against Moab thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;

Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled:
Kiriathaim is confounded and taken:
Misgab is confounded and dismayed.
There shall be no more praise of Moab:
in Heshbon they have devised evil against it;
come, and let us cut it off from being a nation.
Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen;
the sword shall pursue thee.
A voice of crying shall be from Horonaim,
spoiling and great destruction.
Moab is destroyed;
her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.
For in the going up of Luhith
continual weeping shall go up;
for in the going down of Horonaim
the enemies have heard a cry of destruction.
Flee, save your lives,
and be like the heath in the wilderness.

For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures,
thou shalt also be taken:
and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity
with his priests and his princes together.
And the spoiler shall come upon every city,
and no city shall escape:
the valley also shall perish,
and the plain shall be destroyed,
as the Lord hath spoken.
Give wings unto Moab, that it may flee and get away:
for the cities thereof shall be desolate,
without any to dwell therein.
10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully,
and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth,
and he hath settled on his lees,
and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
neither hath he gone into captivity:
therefore his taste remained in him,
and his scent is not changed.
12 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander,
and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles.
13 And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh,
as the house of Israel was ashamed of Beth-el their confidence.

14 How say ye, We are mighty and strong men for the war?
15 Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities,
and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter,
saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
16 The calamity of Moab is near to come,
and his affliction hasteth fast.
17 All ye that are about him, bemoan him;
and all ye that know his name, say,
How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!
18 Thou daughter that dost inhabit Dibon,
come down from thy glory, and sit in thirst;
for the spoiler of Moab shall come upon thee,
and he shall destroy thy strong holds.
19 O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy;
ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth,
and say, What is done?

20 Moab is confounded; for it is broken down:
howl and cry;
tell ye it in Arnon, that Moab is spoiled,
21 and judgment is come upon the plain country;
upon Holon, and upon Jahazah, and upon Mephaath,
22 and upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Beth-diblathaim,
23 and upon Kiriathaim, and upon Beth-gamul, and upon Beth-meon,
24 and upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah,
and upon all the cities of the land of Moab, far or near.
25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken,
saith the Lord.

26 Make ye him drunken:
for he magnified himself against the Lord:
Moab also shall wallow in his vomit,
and he also shall be in derision.
27 For was not Israel a derision unto thee?
was he found among thieves?
for since thou spakest of him, thou skippedst for joy.
28 O ye that dwell in Moab,
leave the cities, and dwell in the rock,
and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the hole’s mouth.

29 We have heard the pride of Moab,
(he is exceeding proud)
his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride,
and the haughtiness of his heart.
30 I know his wrath, saith the Lord;
but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it.
31 Therefore will I howl for Moab,
and I will cry out for all Moab;
mine heart shall mourn for the men of Kir-heres.
32 O vine of Sibmah,
I will weep for thee with the weeping of Jazer:
thy plants are gone over the sea,
they reach even to the sea of Jazer:
the spoiler is fallen upon thy summer fruits
and upon thy vintage.
33 And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field,
and from the land of Moab;
and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses:
none shall tread with shouting;
their shouting shall be no shouting.

34 From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh,
and even unto Jahaz, have they uttered their voice,
from Zoar even unto Horonaim,
as an heifer of three years old:
for the waters also of Nimrim shall be desolate.
35 Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab, saith the Lord,
him that offereth in the high places,
and him that burneth incense to his gods.
36 Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes,
and mine heart shall sound like pipes for the men of Kir-heres:
because the riches that he hath gotten are perished.
37 For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped:
upon all the hands shall be cuttings,
and upon the loins sackcloth.
38 There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab,
and in the streets thereof:
for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith the Lord.
39 They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down!
how hath Moab turned the back with shame!
so shall Moab be a derision and a dismaying to all them about him.

40 For thus saith the Lord;
Behold, he shall fly as an eagle,
and shall spread his wings over Moab.
41 Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised,
and the mighty men’s hearts in Moab at that day
shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.
42 And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people,
because he hath magnified himself against the Lord.
43 Fear, and the pit, and the snare,
shall be upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith the Lord.
44 He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit;
and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare:
for I will bring upon it, even upon Moab,
the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.

45 They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force:
but a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon,
and a flame from the midst of Sihon,
and shall devour the corner of Moab,
and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.
46 Woe be unto thee, O Moab!
the people of Chemosh perisheth:
for thy sons are taken captives,
and thy daughters captives.
47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days,
saith the Lord.

Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

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Jeremiah 48 New International Version (NIV)

A Message About Moab

48 Concerning Moab:

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says:

“Woe to Nebo, for it will be ruined.
    Kiriathaim will be disgraced and captured;
    the stronghold[a] will be disgraced and shattered.
Moab will be praised no more;
    in Heshbon[b] people will plot her downfall:
    ‘Come, let us put an end to that nation.’
You, the people of Madmen,[c] will also be silenced;
    the sword will pursue you.
Cries of anguish arise from Horonaim,
    cries of great havoc and destruction.
Moab will be broken;
    her little ones will cry out.[d]
They go up the hill to Luhith,
    weeping bitterly as they go;
on the road down to Horonaim
    anguished cries over the destruction are heard.
Flee! Run for your lives;
    become like a bush[e] in the desert.
Since you trust in your deeds and riches,
    you too will be taken captive,
and Chemosh will go into exile,
    together with his priests and officials.
The destroyer will come against every town,
    and not a town will escape.
The valley will be ruined
    and the plateau destroyed,
    because the Lord has spoken.
Put salt on Moab,
    for she will be laid waste[f];
her towns will become desolate,
    with no one to live in them.

10 “A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord’s work!
    A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!

11 “Moab has been at rest from youth,
    like wine left on its dregs,
not poured from one jar to another—
    she has not gone into exile.
So she tastes as she did,
    and her aroma is unchanged.
12 But days are coming,”
    declares the Lord,
“when I will send men who pour from pitchers,
    and they will pour her out;
they will empty her pitchers
    and smash her jars.
13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh,
    as Israel was ashamed
    when they trusted in Bethel.

14 “How can you say, ‘We are warriors,
    men valiant in battle’?
15 Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded;
    her finest young men will go down in the slaughter,
    declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty.
16 “The fall of Moab is at hand;
    her calamity will come quickly.
17 Mourn for her, all who live around her,
    all who know her fame;
say, ‘How broken is the mighty scepter,
    how broken the glorious staff!’

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

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

29 “We have heard of Moab’s pride
    how great is her arrogance!—
of her insolence, her pride, her conceit
    and the haughtiness of her heart.
30 I know her insolence but it is futile,”
declares the Lord,
    “and her boasts accomplish nothing.
31 Therefore I wail over Moab,
    for all Moab I cry out,
    I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.
32 I weep for you, as Jazer weeps,
    you vines of Sibmah.
Your branches spread as far as the sea[h];
    they reached as far as[i] 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 from the presses;
    no one treads them with shouts of joy.
Although there are shouts,
    they are not shouts of joy.

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

40 This is what the Lord says:

“Look! An eagle is swooping down,
    spreading its wings over Moab.
41 Kerioth[j] will be captured
    and the strongholds taken.
In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriors
    will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation
    because she defied the Lord.
43 Terror and pit and snare await you,
    you people of Moab,”
declares the Lord.
44 “Whoever flees 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 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;
it burns the foreheads of Moab,
    the skulls of the noisy boasters.
46 Woe to you, Moab!
    The people of Chemosh are destroyed;
your sons are taken into exile
    and your daughters into captivity.

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

Here ends the judgment on Moab.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 48:1 Or captured; / Misgab
  2. Jeremiah 48:2 The Hebrew for Heshbon sounds like the Hebrew for plot.
  3. Jeremiah 48:2 The name of the Moabite town Madmen sounds like the Hebrew for be silenced.
  4. Jeremiah 48:4 Hebrew; Septuagint / proclaim it to Zoar
  5. Jeremiah 48:6 Or like Aroer
  6. Jeremiah 48:9 Or Give wings to Moab, / for she will fly away
  7. Jeremiah 48:25 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  8. Jeremiah 48:32 Probably the Dead Sea
  9. Jeremiah 48:32 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts as far as the Sea of
  10. Jeremiah 48:41 Or The cities
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Jeremiah 48 New Living Translation (NLT)

A Message about Moab

48 This message was given concerning Moab. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:

“What sorrow awaits the city of Nebo;
    it will soon lie in ruins.
The city of Kiriathaim will be humiliated and captured;
    the fortress will be humiliated and broken down.
No one will ever brag about Moab again,
    for in Heshbon there is a plot to destroy her.
‘Come,’ they say, ‘we will cut her off from being a nation.’
    The town of Madmen,[a] too, will be silenced;
    the sword will follow you there.
Listen to the cries from Horonaim,
    cries of devastation and great destruction.
All Moab is destroyed.
    Her little ones will cry out.[b]
Her refugees weep bitterly,
    climbing the slope to Luhith.
They cry out in terror,
    descending the slope to Horonaim.
Flee for your lives!
    Hide[c] in the wilderness!
Because you have trusted in your wealth and skill,
    you will be taken captive.
Your god Chemosh, with his priests and officials,
    will be hauled off to distant lands!

“All the towns will be destroyed,
    and no one will escape—
either on the plateaus or in the valleys,
    for the Lord has spoken.
Oh, that Moab had wings
    so she could fly away,[d]
for her towns will be left empty,
    with no one living in them.
10 Cursed are those who refuse to do the Lord’s work,
    who hold back their swords from shedding blood!

11 “From his earliest history, Moab has lived in peace,
    never going into exile.
He is like wine that has been allowed to settle.
    He has not been poured from flask to flask,
    and he is now fragrant and smooth.
12 But the time is coming soon,” says the Lord,
    “when I will send men to pour him from his jar.
They will pour him out,
    then shatter the jar!
13 At last Moab will be ashamed of his idol Chemosh,
    as the people of Israel were ashamed of their gold calf at Bethel.[e]

14 “You used to boast, ‘We are heroes,
    mighty men of war.’
15 But now Moab and his towns will be destroyed.
    His most promising youth are doomed to slaughter,”
    says the King, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
16 “Destruction is coming fast for Moab;
    calamity threatens ominously.
17 You friends of Moab,
    weep for him and cry!
See how the strong scepter is broken,
    how the beautiful staff is shattered!

18 “Come down from your glory
    and sit in the dust, you people of Dibon,
for those who destroy Moab will shatter Dibon, too.
    They will tear down all your towers.
19 You people of Aroer,
    stand beside the road and watch.
Shout to those who flee from Moab,
    ‘What has happened there?’

20 “And the reply comes back,
‘Moab lies in ruins, disgraced;
    weep and wail!
Tell it by the banks of the Arnon River:
    Moab has been destroyed!’
21 Judgment has been poured out on the towns of the plateau—
    on Holon and Jahaz[f] and Mephaath,
22 on Dibon and Nebo and Beth-diblathaim,
23     on Kiriathaim and Beth-gamul and Beth-meon,
24 on Kerioth and Bozrah—
    all the towns of Moab, far and near.

25 “The strength of Moab has ended.
    His arm has been broken,” says the Lord.
26 “Let him stagger and fall like a drunkard,
    for he has rebelled against the Lord.
Moab will wallow in his own vomit,
    ridiculed by all.
27 Did you not ridicule the people of Israel?
    Were they caught in the company of thieves
    that you should despise them as you do?

28 “You people of Moab,
    flee from your towns and live in the caves.
Hide like doves that nest
    in the clefts of the rocks.
29 We have all heard of the pride of Moab,
    for his pride is very great.
We know of his lofty pride,
    his arrogance, and his haughty heart.
30 I know about his insolence,”
    says the Lord,
“but his boasts are empty—
    as empty as his deeds.
31 So now I wail for Moab;
    yes, I will mourn for Moab.
    My heart is broken for the men of Kir-hareseth.[g]

32 “You people of Sibmah, rich in vineyards,
    I will weep for you even more than I did for Jazer.
Your spreading vines once reached as far as the Dead Sea,[h]
    but the destroyer has stripped you bare!
    He has harvested your grapes and summer fruits.
33 Joy and gladness are gone from fruitful Moab.
    The presses yield no wine.
No one treads the grapes with shouts of joy.
    There is shouting, yes, but not of joy.

34 “Instead, their awful cries of terror can be heard from Heshbon clear across to Elealeh and Jahaz; from Zoar all the way to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up now.

35 “I will put an end to Moab,” says the Lord, “for the people offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines and burn incense to their false gods. 36 My heart moans like a flute for Moab and Kir-hareseth, for all their wealth has disappeared. 37 The people shave their heads and beards in mourning. They slash their hands and put on clothes made of burlap. 38 There is crying and sorrow in every Moabite home and on every street. For I have smashed Moab like an old, unwanted jar. 39 How it is shattered! Hear the wailing! See the shame of Moab! It has become an object of ridicule, an example of ruin to all its neighbors.”

40 This is what the Lord says:

“Look! The enemy swoops down like an eagle,
    spreading his wings over Moab.
41 Its cities will fall,
    and its strongholds will be seized.
Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish
    like a woman in labor.
42 Moab will no longer be a nation,
    for it has boasted against the Lord.

43 “Terror and traps and snares will be your lot,
    O Moab,” says the Lord.
44 “Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap,
    and those who escape the trap will step into a snare.
I will see to it that you do not get away,
    for the time of your judgment has come,”
    says the Lord.
45 “The people flee as far as Heshbon
    but are unable to go on.
For a fire comes from Heshbon,
    King Sihon’s ancient home,
to devour the entire land
    with all its rebellious people.

46 “What sorrow awaits you, O people of Moab!
    The people of the god Chemosh are destroyed!
Your sons and your daughters
    have been taken away as captives.
47 But I will restore the fortunes of Moab
    in days to come.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!”

This is the end of Jeremiah’s prophecy concerning Moab.

Footnotes:

  1. 48:2 Madmen sounds like the Hebrew word for “silence”; it should not be confused with the English word madmen.
  2. 48:4 Greek version reads Her cries are heard as far away as Zoar.
  3. 48:6 Or Hide like a wild donkey; or Hide like a juniper shrub; or Be like [the town of] Aroer. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  4. 48:9 Or Put salt on Moab, / for she will be laid waste.
  5. 48:13 Hebrew ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.
  6. 48:21 Hebrew Jahzah, a variant spelling of Jahaz.
  7. 48:31 Hebrew Kir-heres, a variant spelling of Kir-hareseth; also in 48:36.
  8. 48:32 Hebrew the sea of Jazer.
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