Jeremias 48

1 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 [^1] will be disgraced and shattered.

2 Moab will be praised no more; in Heshbon [^2] people will plot her downfall: ¶ 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.' ¶ You, the people of Madmen, [^3] will also be silenced; ¶ the sword will pursue you.

3 Cries of anguish arise from Horonaim, cries of great havoc and destruction.

4 Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out. [^4]

5 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.

6 Flee! Run for your lives; become like a bush [^5] in the desert.

7 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.

8 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.

9 Put salt on Moab, for she will be laid waste [^6] ; ¶ 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 [^7] 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 [^8] ; ¶ they reached as far as [^9] 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 [^10] 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.