Jeremiah 48

Jeremiah 48

 
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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.

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.

35 "I will put an end to Moab," says the LORD, "for they offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines and burn incense to their false gods.

36 My heart moans like a flute for Moab and Kir-hareseth, for all their wealth has disappeared.

37 They shave their heads and beards in mourning. They slash their hands and put on clothes made of sackcloth.

38 Crying and sorrow will be in every Moabite home and on every street. For I have smashed Moab like an old, unwanted bottle.

39 How it is broken! Hear the wailing! See the shame of Moab! She has become an object of ridicule, an example of ruin to all her neighbors.

40 "An eagle swoops down on the land of Moab," says the LORD.

41 "Her cities will fall; her strongholds will be seized. Even the mightiest warriors will be as frightened as a woman about to give birth.

42 Moab will no longer be a nation, for she has boasted against the LORD.

43 "Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, O Moab," says the LORD.

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.

45 "The people flee as far as Heshbon but are unable to go on. For a fire comes from Heshbon, King Sihon's ancestral home, to devour the entire land with all its rebellious people.

46 "O Moab, your destruction is sure! The people of the god Chemosh are destroyed! Your sons and daughters have been taken away as captives.

47 But in the latter days I will restore the fortunes of Moab," says the LORD. This is the end of Jeremiah's prophecy concerning Moab.

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New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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