16 1Send ye the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the
wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2For it shall be
that, as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab
be at the fords of the Arnon.
3Give counsel, execute justice; make thy
shade as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not
4Let mine outcasts dwell with thee; as for Moab, be thou a
covert to him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortioner is brought
to nought, destruction ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5And a throne shall be established in lovingkindness; and one shall sit
thereon in truth, in the tent of David, judging, and seeking justice, and
swift to do righteousness.
6We have heard of the pride of Moab,
that he is very proud; even of his arrogancy, and his pride, and his
wrath; his boastings are nought.
7Therefore shall Moab wail for Moab,
every one shall wail: for the raisin-cakes of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn,
8For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the
vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have broken down the choice branches
thereof, which reached even unto Jazer, which wandered into the wilderness;
its shoots were spread abroad, they passed over the sea.
will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah; I will water thee
with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for upon thy summer fruits and upon
thy harvest the battle shout is fallen.
10And gladness is taken
away, and joy out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there shall be
no singing, neither joyful noise: no treader shall tread out wine in the
presses; I have made the vintage shout to cease.
heart soundeth like a harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-heres.
12And it shall come to pass, when Moab presenteth himself, when he
wearieth himself upon the high place, and shall come to his sanctuary to
pray, that he shall not prevail.
13This is the word that Jehovah spake
concerning Moab in time past.
14But now Jehovah hath spoken, saying,
Within three years, as the years of a hireling, the glory of Moab shall be
brought into contempt, with all his great multitude; and the remnant shall be
very small and of no account.