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Isaiah 16 World English Bible (WEB)

16 Send the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, to the mountain of the daughter of Zion. For it will be that as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so will the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon. Give counsel! Execute justice! Make your shade like the night in the middle of the noonday! Hide the outcasts! Don’t betray the fugitive! Let my outcasts dwell with you! As for Moab, be a hiding place for him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortionist is brought to nothing. Destruction ceases. The oppressors are consumed out of the land. A throne will be established in loving kindness. One will sit on it in truth, in the tent of David, judging, seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness.

We have heard of the pride of Moab, that he is very proud; even of his arrogance, his pride, and his wrath. His boastings are nothing. Therefore Moab will wail for Moab. Everyone will wail. You will mourn for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth, utterly stricken. For the fields of Heshbon languish with the vine of Sibmah. The lords of the nations have broken down its choice branches, which reached even to Jazer, which wandered into the wilderness. Its shoots were spread abroad. They passed over the sea. Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah. I will water you with my tears, Heshbon, and Elealeh: for on your summer fruits and on your harvest the battle shout has fallen. 10 Gladness is taken away, and joy out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there will be no singing, neither joyful noise. Nobody will tread out wine in the presses. I have made the shouting stop. 11 Therefore my heart sounds like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kir Heres. 12 It will happen that when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, and comes to his sanctuary to pray, that he will not prevail. 13 This is the word that Yahweh spoke concerning Moab in time past. 14 But now Yahweh has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as a worker bound by contract would count them, the glory of Moab shall be brought into contempt, with all his great multitude; and the remnant will be very small and feeble.”

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Isaiah 16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Prophecy of Moab’s Devastation

16 Send the tribute lamb to the ruler of the land,
From [a]Sela by way of the wilderness to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.
Then, like [b]fleeing birds or scattered [c]nestlings,
The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.
[d]Give us advice, make a decision;
[e]Cast your shadow like night [f]at high noon;
Hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.
“Let the [g]outcasts of Moab stay with you;
Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer.”
For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
Oppressors have completely disappeared from the land.
A throne will even be established in lovingkindness,
And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David;
Moreover, he will seek justice
And be prompt in righteousness.

We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
Even of his arrogance, pride, and fury;
His idle boasts are [h]false.
Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail.
You will moan for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth
As those who are utterly stricken.
For the fields of Heshbon have [i]withered, the vines of Sibmah as well;
The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters
Which reached as far as Jazer and wandered to the deserts;
Its tendrils spread themselves out and passed over the sea.
Therefore I will weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah;
I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;
For the shouting over your summer fruits and your harvest has fallen away.
10 Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field;
In the vineyards also there will be no cries of joy or jubilant shouting,
No treader treads out wine in the presses,
For I have made the shouting to cease.
11 Therefore my [j]heart intones like a harp for Moab
And my [k]inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
12 So it will come about when Moab presents himself,
When he wearies himself upon his high place
And comes to his sanctuary to pray,
That he will not prevail.

13 This is the word which the Lord spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14 But now the Lord speaks, saying, “Within three years, as [l]a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and [m]impotent.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 16:1 I.e. Petra in Edom
  2. Isaiah 16:2 Or fluttering
  3. Isaiah 16:2 Lit nest
  4. Isaiah 16:3 Lit Bring
  5. Isaiah 16:3 Lit Set
  6. Isaiah 16:3 Lit in the midst of the noon
  7. Isaiah 16:4 So the versions; M.T. My outcasts, as for Moab
  8. Isaiah 16:6 Lit not so
  9. Isaiah 16:8 Or languished
  10. Isaiah 16:11 Lit entrails murmur
  11. Isaiah 16:11 Lit inward part
  12. Isaiah 16:14 Lit the years of a hireling
  13. Isaiah 16:14 Lit not mighty
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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