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Jeremiah 48 from Scroll 2Q13 Jeremiah

The praise of Moab is no more.

In Heshbon they have devised evil against her:

‘Come! Let’s cut her off from being a nation.’

You also, Madmen, will be brought to silence.

The sword will pursue you.

The sound of a cry from Horonaim,

desolation and great destruction!

4 Moab is destroyed.

Her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.


 7 For, because you have trusted in your works and in your treasures,

you also will be taken.

Chemosh will go out into captivity,

his priests and his princes together.


25 The horn of Moab is cut off,

and his arm is broken,” says Yahweh.


26 Make him drunken;

for he magnified himself against Yahweh.

Moab will wallow in his vomit,

and he also will be in derision.

27 For wasn’t Israel a derision to you?

Was he found among your thieves?

For as often as you speak of him,

you shake your head.

28 You inhabitants of Moab, leave the your cities, and dwell in the rock.

Be like the dove that makes her nest over the mouth of the abyss.


29 We have heard of Hear, therefore, the pride of Moab.

He is very proud in his loftiness vanity, his pride and there is none like him,

his arrogance, and the arrogance of his heart.

30 I know his wrath,” says Yahweh, “that it is nothing;

his boastings have done nothing.

31 Therefore I will wail for Moab.

Yes, I will cry out for all Moab.

They will mourn for the men of Kir Heres Hereset.

32 With more than the weeping of Jazer

I will weep for you, vine of Sibmah.

Your branches passed over the sea.

They reached even to the sea of Jazer.

The destroyer has fallen on your summer fruits

and on your vintage.

33 Gladness and joy is taken away from the fruitful field

and from the land of Moab.

I have caused wine to cease from the wine presses.

No one will tread with shouting.

The shouting will be no shouting.

34 From the cry of Heshbon even to Elealeh,

even to Jahaz have they uttered their voice,

from Zoar even to Horonaim, to Eglath Shelishiyah;

for the waters of Nimrim will also become desolate.

35 Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab,” says Yahweh,

“him who offers in the high place,

and him who burns incense to his gods.

36 Therefore my heart sounds for Moab like pipes,

and my heart sounds like pipes for the men of Kir Heres.

Therefore the abundance that he has gotten has perished.

37 For every head is bald,

and every beard clipped.

There are cuttings on all the hands,

and sackcloth on the waist.

38 On all the housetops of Moab,

and in its streets, there is lamentation everywhere;

for I have broken Moab like a vessel in which no one delights,” says Yahweh.

39 “How it is broken down!

How they wail!

How Moab has turned the back with shame!

So will Moab become a derision

and a terror to all who are around him.”


41 Kerioth is taken,

and the strongholds are seized.

The heart of the mighty men of Moab at that day

will be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

42 Moab will be destroyed from being a people,

because he has magnified himself against Yahweh.

43 Terror, the pit, and the snare are on you,

inhabitant of Moab,” says Yahweh.

44 “He who flees from the terror will fall into the pit;

and he who gets up out of the pit will be taken in the snare:

for I will bring on him, even on Moab,

the year of their visitation,” says Yahweh.


45 “Those who fled stand without strength under the shadow of Heshbon;

for a fire has gone out of Heshbon,

and a flame from the middle city of Sihon,

and has devoured the corner of Moab,

and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.


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