Woe to Nebo! For it is laid waste;
Kiriathaim is disappointed, it is taken;
the fortress is put to shame and broken down.
in Heshbon they have devised evil against her:
Come, and let us cut her off from being a nation.
You also, Madmen, will be brought to silence;
the sword will pursue you.
desolation and great destruction!
her little ones have caused a cry of distress to be heard.
for at the descent of Horonaim
they have heard the distressed cry of destruction.
and be like the juniper bush in the desert.
and no city will escape;
the valley will also perish,
and the plain will be destroyed,
as Yahweh has said.
that she may fly and get herself away;
yet her cities will become a desolation,
without any to live in it.
who does the work of Yahweh negligently,
and cursed is he
who keeps back his sword from blood.
and he has settled on his lees
and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
neither has he gone into captivity;
therefore his taste remains in him,
and his scent is not changed.
that I will send to him those who pour off,
and they will pour him off;
and they will empty his vessels
and break their bottles in pieces.
as the house of Israel was ashamed
of Bethel their confidence.
and valiant men for the war?’
and they are gone up into his cities,
and his chosen young men
are gone down to the slaughter,
says the King
whose name is Yahweh of Armies.
and his affliction hurries fast.
and all you who know his name,
say, ‘How is the strong staff broken,
the beautiful rod!’
come down from your glory and sit in thirst,
for the destroyer of Moab has come up against you,
he has destroyed your strongholds.
stand by the way, and watch;
ask him who flees, and her who escapes;
say, ‘What has been done?’
wail and cry out.
Tell it by the Arnon
that Moab is laid waste.
21Judgment has come on the plain country, on Holon, and on Jahzah, and on Mephaath,
22and on Dibon, and on Nebo, and on Beth Diblathaim,
23and on Kiriathaim, and on Beth Gamul, and on Beth Meon,
24and on Kerioth, and on Bozrah, and on all the cities of the land of Moab, far or near.
25The horn of Moab is cut off and his arm is broken,
26Make him drunken, for he magnified himself against Yahweh; and Moab will wallow in his vomit, and he also will be in derision.
27For wasn’t Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves? For as often as you speak of him, you shake your head.
leave the cities and dwell in the rock,
and be like the dove
that makes her nest over the mouth of the abyss.
he is very proud–his loftiness,
and his pride, and his arrogance,
and the haughtiness of his heart.
that it is nothing;
his boastings have worked nothing.
yes, I will cry out for all Moab;
for the men of Kir Heres will they mourn.
will I weep for you, vine of Sibmah.
Your branches passed over the sea,
they reached even to the sea of Jazer;
on your summer fruits and on your vintage
the destroyer is fallen.
and from the land of Moab,
and I have caused wine to cease from the wine presses;
none will tread with shouting;
the shouting will be no shouting.
34From the cry of Heshbon even to Elealeh, even to Jahaz have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even to Horonaim, to Eglath Shelishiyah, for the waters of Nimrim also will become desolate.
35Moreover, says Yahweh, I will cause to cease in Moab the one who offers in the high place and the one who turns incense into smoke-perfume to his gods.
36Therefore my heart sounds for Moab like pipes, and my heart sounds like pipes for the men of Kir Heres; therefore the abundance that he has gotten is perished.
37For every head is shaved bald and every beard cut off; on all the hands are slashes, and around the waist—sackcloth!
38On all the housetops of Moab and in its streets there is lamentation everywhere, for I have broken Moab like a vessel in which none delights, says Yahweh.
39How it is broken down! How they wail! How Moab has turned the back with shame! So will Moab become a derision and a terror to all who are around him.”
40For this is what Yahweh says:
“Behold, he will fly as an eagle,
and will spread out his wings against Moab.
and the strongholds are seized,
and the heart of the mighty men of Moab at that day
will be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.
because he has magnified himself against Yahweh.
inhabitant of Moab,
and he who gets up out of the pit
will be taken in the snare;
for I will bring on him, even on Moab,
the year of their visitation,
for a fire is gone forth out of Heshbon,
and a flame from the midst of Sihon,
and has devoured the corner of Moab
and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.
The people of Chemosh is undone,
for your sons are taken away captive,
and your daughters into captivity.
Thus far is the judgment of Moab.