Judgment on Moab
15 The pronouncement concerning Moab:
Certainly in a night Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined;
Certainly in a night Kir of Moab is devastated and ruined.
2 [a]The people have gone up to the [b]temple and to Dibon, to the high places to weep.
Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba;
Everyone’s head is bald and every beard is cut off.
3 In their streets they have put on sackcloth;
On their housetops and in their public squares
Everyone is wailing, [c]overcome with weeping.
4 Heshbon and Elealeh also cry out,
Their voice is heard all the way to Jahaz;
Therefore the [d]armed men of Moab cry aloud;
His soul trembles within him.
5 My heart cries out for Moab;
His fugitives are as far as Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah,
For they go up the ascent of Luhith weeping;
Indeed, on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of distress over their collapse.
6 For the waters of Nimrim are [e]desolate.
Indeed, the grass is withered, the new growth has died,
There is no greenery.
7 Therefore the abundance which they have acquired and stored up,
They carry it off over the brook of [f]Arabim.
8 For the cry of distress has gone around the territory of Moab,
Its wailing goes as far as Eglaim and its howling to Beer-elim.
9 For the waters of Dimon are full of [g]blood;
I will certainly bring added woes upon Dimon,
A lion upon the fugitives of Moab and the remnant of the land.
- Isaiah 15:2 Lit He has gone; i.e., Moab, meaning the people of Moab
- Isaiah 15:2 Lit house
- Isaiah 15:3 Lit going down in weeping
- Isaiah 15:4 Another reading is the loins of
- Isaiah 15:6 Lit desolations
- Isaiah 15:7 Or the poplars
- Isaiah 15:9 Heb dam (a wordplay)