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Jeremiah 48 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:1 - Concerning Moab. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Woe to Nebo, for it is laid waste! Kiriatha'im is put to shame, it is taken; the fortress is put to shame and broken down;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:2 - the renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned evil against her: 'Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!' You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:3 - "Hark! a cry from Horona'im, 'Desolation and great destruction!'
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:4 - Moab is destroyed; a cry is heard as far as Zo'ar.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:5 - For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping; for at the descent of Horona'im they have heard the cry of destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:6 - Flee! Save yourselves! Be like a wild ass in the desert!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:7 - For, because you trusted in your strongholds and your treasures, you also shall be taken; and Chemosh shall go forth into exile, with his priests and his princes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:8 - The destroyer shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape; the valley shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the LORD has spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:9 - "Give wings to Moab, for she would fly away; her cities shall become a desolation, with no inhabitant in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:10 - "Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:11 - "Moab has been at ease from his youth and has settled on his lees; he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile; so his taste remains in him, and his scent is not changed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:12 - "Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I shall send to him tilters who will tilt him, and empty his vessels, and break his jars in pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:13 - Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:14 - "How do you say, 'We are heroes and mighty men of war'?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:15 - The destroyer of Moab and his cities has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:16 - The calamity of Moab is near at hand and his affliction hastens apace.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:17 - Bemoan him, all you who are round about him, and all who know his name; say, 'How the mighty scepter is broken, the glorious staff.'
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:18 - "Come down from your glory, and sit on the parched ground, O inhabitant of Dibon! For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you; he has destroyed your strongholds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:19 - Stand by the way and watch, O inhabitant of Aro'er! Ask him who flees and her who escapes; say, 'What has happened?'
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:20 - Moab is put to shame, for it is broken; wail and cry! Tell it by the Arnon, that Moab is laid waste.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:21 - "Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Meph'a-ath,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:22 - and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblatha'im,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:23 - and Kiriatha'im, and Beth-ga'mul, and Beth-me'on,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:24 - and Ker'i-oth, and Bozrah, and all the cities of the land of Moab, far and near.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:25 - The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:26 - "Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the LORD; so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:27 - Was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him you wagged your head?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:28 - "Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, O inhabitants of Moab! Be like the dove that nests in the sides of the mouth of a gorge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:29 - We have heard of the pride of Moab--he is very proud--of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:30 - I know his insolence, says the LORD; his boasts are false, his deeds are false.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:31 - Therefore I wail for Moab; I cry out for all Moab; for the men of Kir-he'res I mourn.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:32 - More than for Jazer I weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your branches passed over the sea, reached as far as Jazer; upon your summer fruits and your vintage the destroyer has fallen.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:33 - Gladness and joy have been taken away from the fruitful land of Moab; I have made the wine cease from the wine presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy; the shouting is not the shout of joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:34 - "Heshbon and Ele-a'leh cry out; as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zo'ar to Horona'im and Eg'lath-shelish'iyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:35 - And I will bring to an end in Moab, says the LORD, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and burns incense to his god.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:36 - Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-he'res; therefore the riches they gained have perished.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:37 - "For every head is shaved and every beard cut off; upon all the hands are gashes, and on the loins is sackcloth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:38 - On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation; for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:39 - How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all that are round about him."
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:40 - For thus says the LORD: "Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle, and spread his wings against Moab;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:41 - the cities shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her pangs;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:42 - Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people, because he magnified himself against the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:43 - Terror, pit, and snare are before you, O inhabitant of Moab! says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:44 - He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For I will bring these things upon Moab in the year of their punishment, says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:45 - "In the shadow of Heshbon fugitives stop without strength; for a fire has gone forth from Heshbon, a flame from the house of Sihon; it has destroyed the forehead of Moab, the crown of the sons of tumult.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:46 - Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh is undone; for your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters into captivity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 48:47 - Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, says the LORD." Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

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