1 Send ye the lamb
to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the
mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the
nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night
in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him
4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert
to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is
at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed
out of the land.
5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall
sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and
seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even
of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies
shall not be so.
7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl:
for the foundations of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn; surely they
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah:
the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants
thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through
the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone
over the sea.
9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine
of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh:
for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is
10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful
field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither
shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine
in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.
11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and
mine inward parts for Kir-haresh.
12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary
on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray;
but he shall not prevail.
13 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab
since that time.
14 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years,
as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be
contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall
be very small and feeble.
1 The burden of
Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city,
and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks,
which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom
from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the
glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob
shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn,
and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that
gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of
an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost
bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof,
saith the LORD God of Israel.
7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall
have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands,
neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either
the groves, or the images.
9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough,
and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children
of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and
hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore
shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange
11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the
morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest
shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like
the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make
a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but
God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall
be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and
like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning
he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the
lot of them that rob us.
1 Woe to the land
shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes
upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation
scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning
hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the
rivers have spoiled!
3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth,
see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when
he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.
4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will
consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs,
and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour
grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs
with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains,
and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon
them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of
hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible
from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden
under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place
of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.