Bible: Jer 48:1-49:22

Judgment Against Moab

48:1 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1  spoke about Moab. 2 

“Sure to be judged is Nebo! Indeed, 3  it will be destroyed!

Kiriathaim 4  will suffer disgrace. It will be captured!

Its fortress 5  will suffer disgrace. It will be torn down! 6 

48:2 People will not praise Moab any more.

The enemy will capture Heshbon 7  and plot 8  how to destroy Moab, 9 

saying, ‘Come, let’s put an end to that nation!’

City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed. 10 

A destructive army will march against you. 11 

48:3 Cries of anguish will arise in Horonaim,

Oh, the ruin and great destruction!’

48:4Moab will be crushed.

Her children will cry out in distress. 12 

48:5 Indeed they will climb the slopes of Luhith,

weeping continually as they go. 13 

For on the road down to Horonaim

they will hear the cries of distress over the destruction. 14 

48:6 They will hear, ‘Run! Save yourselves!

Even if you must be like a lonely shrub in the desert!’ 15 

48:7Moab, you trust in the things you do and in your riches.

So you too will be conquered.

Your god Chemosh 16  will go into exile 17 

along with his priests and his officials.

48:8 The destroyer will come against every town.

Not one town will escape.

The towns in the valley will be destroyed.

The cities on the high plain will be laid waste. 18 

I, the Lord, have spoken! 19 

48:9 Set up a gravestone for Moab,

for it will certainly be laid in ruins! 20 

Its cities will be laid waste

and become uninhabited.”

48:10 A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord’s work!

A curse on anyone who keeps from carrying out his destruction! 21 

48:11From its earliest days Moab has lived undisturbed.

It has never been taken into exile.

Its people are like wine allowed to settle undisturbed on its dregs,

never poured out from one jar to another.

They are like wine which tastes like it always did,

whose aroma has remained unchanged. 22 

48:12 But the time is coming when I will send

men against Moab who will empty it out.

They will empty the towns of their people,

then will lay those towns in ruins. 23 

I, the Lord, affirm it! 24 

48:13 The people of Moab will be disappointed by their god Chemosh.

They will be as disappointed as the people of Israel were

when they put their trust in the calf god at Bethel. 25 

48:14 How can you men of Moab say, ‘We are heroes,

men who are mighty in battle?’

48:15 Moab will be destroyed. Its towns will be invaded.

Its finest young men will be slaughtered. 26 

I, the King, the Lord who rules over all, 27  affirm it! 28 

48:16 Moab’s destruction is at hand.

Disaster will come on it quickly.

48:17 Mourn for that nation, all you nations living around it,

all of you nations that know of its fame. 29 

Mourn and say, ‘Alas, its powerful influence has been broken!

Its glory and power have been done away!’ 30 

48:18 Come down from your place of honor;

sit on the dry ground, 31  you who live in Dibon. 32 

For the one who will destroy Moab will attack you;

he will destroy your fortifications.

48:19 You who live in Aroer, 33 

stand by the road and watch.

Question the man who is fleeing and the woman who is escaping.

Ask them, ‘What has happened?’

48:20 They will answer, ‘Moab is disgraced, for it has fallen!

Wail and cry out in mourning!

Announce along the Arnon River

that Moab has been destroyed.’

48:21Judgment will come on the cities on the high plain: 34  on Holon, Jahzah, and Mephaath, 48:22 on Dibon, Nebo, and Beth Diblathaim, 48:23 on Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul, and Beth Meon, 48:24 on Kerioth and Bozrah. It will come on all the towns of Moab, both far and near. 48:25 Moab’s might will be crushed. Its power will be broken. 35  I, the Lord, affirm it! 36 

48:26Moab has vaunted itself against me.

So make him drunk with the wine of my wrath 37 

until he splashes 38  around in his own vomit,

until others treat him as a laughingstock.

48:27 For did not you people of Moab laugh at the people of Israel?

Did you think that they were nothing but thieves, 39 

that you shook your head in contempt 40 

every time you talked about them? 41 

48:28 Leave your towns, you inhabitants of Moab.

Go and live in the cliffs.

Be like a dove that makes its nest

high on the sides of a ravine. 42 

48:29 I have heard how proud the people of Moab are,

I know how haughty they are.

I have heard how arrogant, proud, and haughty they are,

what a high opinion they have of themselves. 43 

48:30 I, the Lord, affirm that 44  I know how arrogant they are.

But their pride is ill-founded.

Their boastings will prove to be false. 45 

48:31 So I will weep with sorrow for Moab.

I will cry out in sadness for all of Moab.

I will moan 46  for the people of Kir Heres.

48:32 I will weep for the grapevines of Sibmah

just like the town of Jazer weeps over them. 47 

Their branches once spread as far as the Dead Sea. 48 

They reached as far as the town of Jazer. 49 

The destroyer will ravage

her fig, date, 50  and grape crops.

48:33 Joy and gladness will disappear

from the fruitful land of Moab. 51 

I will stop the flow of wine from the winepresses.

No one will stomp on the grapes there and shout for joy. 52 

The shouts there will be shouts of soldiers,

not the shouts of those making wine. 53 

48:34 Cries of anguish raised from Heshbon and Elealeh

will be sounded as far as Jahaz. 54 

They will be sounded from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah.

For even the waters of Nimrim will be dried up.

48:35 I will put an end in Moab

to those who make offerings at her places of worship. 55 

I will put an end to those who sacrifice to other gods.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 56 

48:36 So my heart moans for Moab

like a flute playing a funeral song.

Yes, like a flute playing a funeral song,

my heart moans for the people of Kir Heres.

For the wealth they have gained will perish.

48:37 For all of them will shave their heads in mourning.

They will all cut off their beards to show their sorrow.

They will all make gashes in their hands.

They will all put on sackcloth. 57 

48:38 On all the housetops in Moab

and in all its public squares

there will be nothing but mourning.

For I will break Moab like an unwanted jar.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 58 

48:39 Oh, how shattered Moab will be!

Oh, how her people will wail!

Oh, how she will turn away 59  in shame!

Moab will become an object of ridicule,

a terrifying sight to all the nations that surround her.”

48:40 For the Lord says,

Look! Like an eagle with outspread wings

a nation will swoop down on Moab. 60 

48:41 Her towns 61  will be captured.

Her fortresses will be taken.

At that time the soldiers of Moab will be frightened

like a woman in labor. 62 

48:42 Moab will be destroyed and no longer be a nation, 63 

because she has vaunted herself against the Lord.

48:43 Terror, pits, and traps 64  are in store

for the people who live in Moab. 65 

I, the Lord, affirm it! 66 

48:44 Anyone who flees at the sound of terror

will fall into a pit.

Anyone who climbs out of the pit

will be caught in a trap. 67 

For the time is coming

when I will punish the people of Moab. 68 

I, the Lord, affirm it! 69 

48:45 In the shadows of the walls of Heshbon

those trying to escape will stand helpless.

For a fire will burst forth from Heshbon.

Flames will shoot out from the former territory of Sihon.

They will burn the foreheads of the people of Moab,

the skulls of those war-loving people. 70 

48:46 Moab, you are doomed! 71 

You people who worship Chemosh will be destroyed.

Your sons will be taken away captive.

Your daughters will be carried away into exile. 72 

48:47 Yet in days to come

I will reverse Moab’s ill fortune.” 73 

says the Lord. 74 

The judgment against Moab ends here.

Judgment Against Ammon

49:1 The Lord spoke about the Ammonites. 75 

“Do you think there are not any people of the nation of Israel remaining?

Do you think there are not any of them remaining to reinherit their land?

Is that why you people who worship the god Milcom 76 

have taken possession of the territory of Gad and live in his cities? 77 

49:2 Because you did that,

I, the Lord, affirm that 78  a time is coming

when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon,

hear the sound of the battle cry.

It will become a mound covered with ruins. 79 

Its villages will be burned to the ground. 80 

Then Israel will take back its land

from those who took their land from them.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 81 

49:3 Wail, you people in Heshbon, because Ai in Ammon is destroyed.

Cry out in anguish, you people in the villages surrounding 82  Rabbah.

Put on sackcloth and cry out in mourning.

Run about covered with gashes. 83 

For your god Milcom will go into exile

along with his priests and officials. 84 

49:4 Why do you brag about your great power?

Your power is ebbing away, 85  you rebellious people of Ammon, 86 

who trust in your riches and say,

‘Who would dare to attack us?’

49:5 I will bring terror on you from every side,”

says the Lord God who rules over all. 87 

“You will be scattered in every direction. 88 

No one will gather the fugitives back together.

49:6 Yet in days to come

I will reverse Ammon’s ill fortune.” 89 

says the Lord. 90 

Judgment Against Edom

49:7 The Lord who rules over all 91  spoke about Edom. 92 

“Is wisdom no longer to be found in Teman? 93 

Can Edom’s counselors not give her any good advice? 94 

Has all of their wisdom turned bad? 95 

49:8 Turn and flee! Take up refuge in remote places, 96 

you people who live in Dedan. 97 

For I will bring disaster on the descendants of Esau.

I have decided it is time for me to punish them. 98 

49:9 If grape pickers came to pick your grapes,

would they not leave a few grapes behind? 99 

If robbers came at night,

would they not pillage only what they needed? 100 

49:10 But I will strip everything away from Esau’s descendants.

I will uncover their hiding places so they cannot hide.

Their children, relatives, and neighbors will all be destroyed.

Not one of them will be left!

49:11 Leave your orphans behind and I will keep them alive.

Your widows too can depend on me.” 101 

49:12 For the Lord says, “If even those who did not deserve to drink from the cup of my wrath must drink from it, do you think you will go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must certainly drink from the cup of my wrath. 102  49:13 For I solemnly swear,” 103  says the Lord, “that Bozrah 104  will become a pile of ruins. It will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example to be used in curses. 105  All the towns around it will lie in ruins forever.”

49:14 I said, 106  “I have heard a message from the Lord.

A messenger has been sent among the nations to say,

‘Gather your armies and march out against her!

Prepare to do battle with her!’ 107 

49:15 The Lord says to Edom, 108 

“I will certainly make you small among nations.

I will make you despised by all humankind.

49:16 The terror you inspire in others 109 

and the arrogance of your heart have deceived you.

You may make your home in the clefts of the rocks;

you may occupy the highest places in the hills. 110 

But even if you made your home where the eagles nest,

I would bring you down from there,”

says the Lord.

49:17Edom will become an object of horror.

All who pass by it will be filled with horror;

they will hiss out their scorn

because of all the disasters that have happened to it. 111 

49:18 Edom will be destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah

and the towns that were around them.

No one will live there.

No human being will settle in it,”

says the Lord.

49:19A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan 112 

scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. 113 

So too I will chase the Edomites off their land. 114 

Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. 115 

For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. 116 

There is no 117  ruler 118  who can stand up against me.

49:20 So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Edom,

what I intend to do to 119  the people who live in Teman. 120 

Their little ones will be dragged off.

I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done. 121 

49:21 The people of the earth will quake when they hear of their downfall. 122 

Their cries of anguish will be heard all the way to the Gulf of Aqaba. 123 

49:22 Look! Like an eagle with outspread wings,

a nation will soar up and swoop down on Bozrah.

At that time the soldiers of Edom will be as fearful

as a woman in labor.” 124 

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