1 Send lambs as tribute ¶ to the ruler of the land, ¶ from Sela, across the desert, ¶ to the mount of Daughter Zion.
2 Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, ¶ so are the women of Moab ¶ at the fords of the Arnon.
3 "Make up your mind," Moab says. ¶ "Render a decision. ¶ Make your shadow like night — ¶ at high noon. ¶ Hide the fugitives, ¶ do not betray the refugees.
4 Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you; be their shelter from the destroyer." ¶ The oppressor will come to an end, ¶ and destruction will cease; ¶ the aggressor will vanish from the land.
5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it — ¶ one from the house [^1] of David — ¶ one who in judging seeks justice ¶ and speeds the cause of righteousness.
6 We have heard of Moab's pride — ¶ how great is her arrogance! — ¶ of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; ¶ but her boasts are empty.
7 Therefore the Moabites wail, they wail together for Moab. ¶ Lament and grieve ¶ for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth.
8 The fields of Heshbon wither, the vines of Sibmah also. ¶ The rulers of the nations ¶ have trampled down the choicest vines, ¶ which once reached Jazer ¶ and spread toward the desert. ¶ Their shoots spread out ¶ and went as far as the sea. [^2]
9 So I weep, as Jazer weeps, for the vines of Sibmah. ¶ Heshbon and Elealeh, ¶ I drench you with tears! ¶ The shouts of joy over your ripened fruit ¶ and over your harvests have been stilled.
10 Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; ¶ no one treads out wine at the presses, ¶ for I have put an end to the shouting.
11 My heart laments for Moab like a harp, my inmost being for Kir Hareseth.
12 When Moab appears at her high place, she only wears herself out; ¶ when she goes to her shrine to pray, ¶ it is to no avail.
13 This is the word the LORD has already spoken concerning Moab.
14 But now the LORD says: "Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab's splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble."