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Jeremiah 48 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Message About Moab

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 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[fn] will be disgraced and shattered.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:2 - Moab will be praised no more; in Heshbon[fn] people will plot her downfall: ‘Come, let us put an end to that nation.’ You, the people of Madmen,[fn] will also be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:3 - Cries of anguish arise from Horonaim, cries of great havoc and destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:4 - Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:5 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:6 - Flee! Run for your lives; become like a bush[fn] in the desert.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:7 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:9 - Put salt on Moab, for she will be laid waste[fn]; her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:10 - “A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD’s work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:11 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:13 - Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as Israel was ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:14 - “How can you say, ‘We are warriors, men valiant in battle’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:16 - “The fall of Moab is at hand; her calamity will come quickly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:17 - 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!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:18 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:19 - Stand by the road and watch, you who live in Aroer. Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping, ask them, ‘What has happened?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:20 - Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail and cry out! Announce by the Arnon that Moab is destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:21 - Judgment has come to the plateau— to Holon, Jahzah and Mephaath,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:22 - to Dibon, Nebo and Beth Diblathaim,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:23 - to Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul and Beth Meon,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:24 - to Kerioth and Bozrah— to all the towns of Moab, far and near.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:25 - Moab’s horn[fn] is cut off; her arm is broken,”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:26 - “Make her drunk, for she has defied the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit; let her be an object of ridicule.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:27 - 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?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:28 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:29 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:30 - I know her insolence but it is futile,”

declares the LORD,

“and her boasts accomplish nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:31 - Therefore I wail over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:32 - I weep for you, as Jazer weeps, you vines of Sibmah. Your branches spread as far as the sea[fn]; they reached as far as[fn] Jazer. The destroyer has fallen on your ripened fruit and grapes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:33 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:34 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:35 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:36 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:37 - Every head is shaved and every beard cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:38 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:39 - “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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:40 - This is what the LORD says: “Look! An eagle is swooping down, spreading its wings over Moab.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:41 - Kerioth[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:42 - Moab will be destroyed as a nation because she defied the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:43 - Terror and pit and snare await you, you people of Moab,”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:44 - “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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:45 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:46 - Woe to you, Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:47 - “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,”

declares the LORD.

Here ends the judgment on Moab.
NIV Footnotes
Or captured; / Misgab
The Hebrew for Heshbon sounds like the Hebrew for plot.
The name of the Moabite town Madmen sounds like the Hebrew for be silenced.
Hebrew; Septuagint / proclaim it to Zoar
Or like Aroer
Or Give wings to Moab, / for she will fly away
Horn here symbolizes strength.
Probably the Dead Sea
Two Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts as far as the Sea of
Or The cities

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