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Jeremiah 48 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Message about Moab
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:1 - This message was given concerning Moab. This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says:
“What sorrow awaits the city of Nebo;
it will soon lie in ruins.
The city of Kiriathaim will be humiliated and captured;
the fortress will be humiliated and broken down.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:2 - No one will ever brag about Moab again,
for in Heshbon there is a plot to destroy her.
‘Come,’ they say, ‘we will cut her off from being a nation.’
The town of Madmen,[fn] too, will be silenced;
the sword will follow you there.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:3 - Listen to the cries from Horonaim,
cries of devastation and great destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:4 - All Moab is destroyed.
Her little ones will cry out.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:5 - Her refugees weep bitterly,
climbing the slope to Luhith.
They cry out in terror,
descending the slope to Horonaim.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:6 - Flee for your lives!
Hide[fn] in the wilderness!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:7 - Because you have trusted in your wealth and skill,
you will be taken captive.
Your god Chemosh, with his priests and officials,
will be hauled off to distant lands!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:8 - “All the towns will be destroyed,
and no one will escape—
either on the plateaus or in the valleys,
for the LORD has spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:9 - Oh, that Moab had wings
so she could fly away,[fn]
for her towns will be left empty,
with no one living in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:10 - Cursed are those who refuse to do the LORD’s work,
who hold back their swords from shedding blood!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:11 - “From his earliest history, Moab has lived in peace,
never going into exile.
He is like wine that has been allowed to settle.
He has not been poured from flask to flask,
and he is now fragrant and smooth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:12 - But the time is coming soon,” says the LORD,
“when I will send men to pour him from his jar.
They will pour him out,
then shatter the jar!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:13 - At last Moab will be ashamed of his idol Chemosh,
as the people of Israel were ashamed of their gold calf at Bethel.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:14 - “You used to boast, ‘We are heroes,
mighty men of war.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:15 - But now Moab and his towns will be destroyed.
His most promising youth are doomed to slaughter,”
says the King, whose name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:16 - “Destruction is coming fast for Moab;
calamity threatens ominously.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:17 - You friends of Moab,
weep for him and cry!
See how the strong scepter is broken,
how the beautiful staff is shattered!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:18 - “Come down from your glory
and sit in the dust, you people of Dibon,
for those who destroy Moab will shatter Dibon, too.
They will tear down all your towers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:19 - You people of Aroer,
stand beside the road and watch.
Shout to those who flee from Moab,
‘What has happened there?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:20 - “And the reply comes back,
‘Moab lies in ruins, disgraced;
weep and wail!
Tell it by the banks of the Arnon River:
Moab has been destroyed!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:21 - Judgment has been poured out on the towns of the plateau—
on Holon and Jahaz[fn] and Mephaath,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:22 - on Dibon and Nebo and Beth-diblathaim,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:23 - on Kiriathaim and Beth-gamul and Beth-meon,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:24 - on Kerioth and Bozrah—
all the towns of Moab, far and near.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:25 - “The strength of Moab has ended.
His arm has been broken,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:26 - “Let him stagger and fall like a drunkard,
for he has rebelled against the LORD.
Moab will wallow in his own vomit,
ridiculed by all.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:27 - Did you not ridicule the people of Israel?
Were they caught in the company of thieves
that you should despise them as you do?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:28 - “You people of Moab,
flee from your towns and live in the caves.
Hide like doves that nest
in the clefts of the rocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:29 - We have all heard of the pride of Moab,
for his pride is very great.
We know of his lofty pride,
his arrogance, and his haughty heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:30 - I know about his insolence,”
says the LORD,
“but his boasts are empty—
as empty as his deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:31 - So now I wail for Moab;
yes, I will mourn for Moab.
My heart is broken for the men of Kir-hareseth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:32 - “You people of Sibmah, rich in vineyards,
I will weep for you even more than I did for Jazer.
Your spreading vines once reached as far as the Dead Sea,[fn]
but the destroyer has stripped you bare!
He has harvested your grapes and summer fruits.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:33 - Joy and gladness are gone from fruitful Moab.
The presses yield no wine.
No one treads the grapes with shouts of joy.
There is shouting, yes, but not of joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:34 - “Instead, their awful cries of terror can be heard from Heshbon clear across to Elealeh and Jahaz; from Zoar all the way to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up now.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:35 - “I will put an end to Moab,” says the LORD, “for the people offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines and burn incense to their false gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:36 - My heart moans like a flute for Moab and Kir-hareseth, for all their wealth has disappeared.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:37 - The people shave their heads and beards in mourning. They slash their hands and put on clothes made of burlap.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:38 - There is crying and sorrow in every Moabite home and on every street. For I have smashed Moab like an old, unwanted jar.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:39 - How it is shattered! Hear the wailing! See the shame of Moab! It has become an object of ridicule, an example of ruin to all its neighbors.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:40 - This is what the LORD says:
“Look! The enemy swoops down like an eagle,
spreading his wings over Moab.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:41 - Its cities will fall,
and its strongholds will be seized.
Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish
like a woman in labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:42 - Moab will no longer be a nation,
for it has boasted against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:43 - “Terror and traps and snares will be your lot,
O Moab,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:44 - “Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap,
and those who escape the trap will step into a snare.
I will see to it that you do not get away,
for the time of your judgment has come,”
says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:45 - “The people flee as far as Heshbon
but are unable to go on.
For a fire comes from Heshbon,
King Sihon’s ancient home,
to devour the entire land
with all its rebellious people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:46 - “O Moab, they weep for you!
The people of the god Chemosh are destroyed!
Your sons and your daughters
have been taken away as captives.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:47 - But I will restore the fortunes of Moab
in days to come.
I, the LORD, have spoken!” This is the end of Jeremiah’s prophecy concerning Moab.
NLT Footnotes
Madmen sounds like the Hebrew word for “silence”; it should not be confused with the English word madmen.
Greek version reads Her cries are heard as far away as Zoar.
Or Hide like a wild donkey; or Hide like a juniper shrub; or Be like [the town of] Aroer. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Or Put salt on Moab, / for she will be laid waste.
Hebrew ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.
Hebrew Jahzah, a variant spelling of Jahaz.
Hebrew Kir-heres, a variant spelling of Kir-hareseth; also in 48:36.
Hebrew the sea of Jazer.

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