Isaiah, Chapter 16

Send the lamb to the ruler of the land from the rock of the desert to the mount of the daughter of Zion.

For it shall be as a fleeing bird cast out of the nest, the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

Take counsel, do judgment; make your shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; do not betray the fugitive.

Let my outcasts dwell with you, Moab; be a shelter to them from the face of the destroyer; for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

And in mercy the throne shall be established; and [he] shall sit on it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking judgment, and speeding righteousness.

We have heard of the pride of Moab; very proud; even of his vanity, and his pride, and his rage; not so [are] his babblings.

So Moab shall howl for Moab, everyone shall howl. All of it shall howl for the foundations of Kir-hareseth; surely [they are] stricken.

For Heshbon's fields droop, the vine of Sibmah. The lords of the nations have crushed its choice plants, they have come to Jazer, they wander [in] the desert; her branches are stretched out, they have crossed the sea.

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On account of this I will weep with the weeping of Jazer, the vine of Sibmah. I will water you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh; for the shouting has fallen on your fruit and on your harvest.

And gladness and joy are gathered out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there is no singing and no shouting. The treader shall tread out no wine in the presses; I have made their shouting to cease.

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Therefore my belly shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my bowels for Kir-hareseth.

And it shall be when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, he shall come to his sacred place to pray; but he shall not be able.

This [is] the word that the LORD has spoken to Moab since that time.

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But now the LORD has spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of a hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be abased with all that great host and the remnant few; small, not mighty.

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