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An Oracle concerning Moab


An oracle concerning Moab.


Because Ar is laid waste in a night,

Moab is undone;

because Kir is laid waste in a night,

Moab is undone.


Dibon has gone up to the temple,

to the high places to weep;

over Nebo and over Medeba

Moab wails.

On every head is baldness,

every beard is shorn;


in the streets they bind on sackcloth;

on the housetops and in the squares

everyone wails and melts in tears.


Heshbon and Elealeh cry out,

their voices are heard as far as Jahaz;

therefore the loins of Moab quiver;

his soul trembles.


My heart cries out for Moab;

his fugitives flee to Zoar,

to Eglath-shelishiyah.

For at the ascent of Luhith

they go up weeping;

on the road to Horonaim

they raise a cry of destruction;


the waters of Nimrim

are a desolation;

the grass is withered, the new growth fails,

the verdure is no more.


Therefore the abundance they have gained

and what they have laid up

they carry away

over the Wadi of the Willows.


For a cry has gone

around the land of Moab;

the wailing reaches to Eglaim,

the wailing reaches to Beer-elim.


For the waters of Dibon are full of blood;

yet I will bring upon Dibon even more—

a lion for those of Moab who escape,

for the remnant of the land.

8. The cry is gone round about the borders of Moab. 245245    {Bogus footnote} כי, (ki,) for, is added for the sake of ornament. He means that every part of that country all around shall be full of crying and howling; because that destruction reaches from one extremity to another. Besides the crying he twice mentions the howling, to denote the excess of grief, as men who are in despair surrender themselves entirely to lamentation.

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