NASB — Isaiah 16 — KJV

Prophecy of Moab’s Devastation

  1 aSend the [tribute] lamb to the ruler of the land,
  From IbSela by way of the wilderness to the cmountain of the daughter of Zion.
  2 Then, like Iafleeing birds [or] scattered IInestlings,
  The daughters of bMoab will be at the fords of the cArnon.
  3IGive [us] advice, make a decision;
  IICast your ashadow like night IIIat high noon;
  bHide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.
  4 “Let the Ioutcasts of Moab stay with you;
  Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer.”
  For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
  aOppressors have completely [disappeared] from the land.
  5 A athrone will even be established in lovingkindness,
  And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of bDavid;
  Moreover, he will seek justice
  And be prompt in righteousness.

[1] II.e. Petra in Edom a2K 3:4; Ezr 7:17 b2K 14:7; Is 42:11 cIs 10:32
[2] IOr fluttering IILit nest aPv 27:8 bJr 48:20, 46 cNu 21:13, 14
[3] ILit Bring IILit Set IIILit in the midst of the noon aIs 25:4; 32:2 b1K 18:4
[4] ISo the versions; M.T. My outcasts, as for Moab aIs 9:4; 14:4; 49:26; 51:13; 54:14
[5] aIs 9:6, 7; 32:1; 55:4; Dn 7:14; Mi 4:7; Lk 1:33 bIs 9:7

  6aWe have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
  [Even] of his arrogance, pride, and fury;
  bHis idle boasts are Ifalse.
  7 Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail.
  You will moan for the araisin cakes of bKir-hareseth
  As those who are utterly stricken.
  8 For the fields of aHeshbon have Iwithered, the vines of bSibmah [as well];
  The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters
  Which reached as far as Jazer [and] wandered to the deserts;
  cIts tendrils spread themselves out [and] passed over the sea.
  9 Therefore I will aweep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah;
  I will drench you with my tears, O bHeshbon and Elealeh;
  For the shouting over your csummer fruits and your harvest has fallen away.
  10 aGladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field;
  In the bvineyards also there will be no cries of joy or jubilant shouting,
  No ctreader treads out wine in the presses,
  [For] I have made the shouting to cease.
  11 Therefore my Iaheart intones like a harp for Moab
  And my IIinward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
  12 So it will come about when Moab apresents himself,
  When he bwearies himself upon [his] chigh place
  And comes to his sanctuary to pray,
  That he will not prevail.

[6] ILit not so aJr 48:29; Am 2:1; Ob 3, 4; Zp 2:8, 10 bJr 48:30
[7] a1Ch 16:3 b2K 3:25; Jr 48:31
[8] IOr languished aIs 15:4 bNu 32:38 cJr 48:32
[9] aJr 48:32 bIs 15:4 cJr 40:10, 12; 48:32
[10] aIs 24:8; Jr 48:33 bJg 9:27; Is 24:7; Am 5:11, 17 cJb 24:11; Am 9:13
[11] ILit entrails murmur IILit inward part aIs 15:5; 63:15; Jr 48:36; Ho 11:8; Php 2:1
[12] aNu 22:39-41; Jr 48:35 b1K 18:29 cIs 15:2

13 ¶ This is the word which the LORD spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14 But now the LORD speaks, saying, “Within three years, as Iaa hired man would count them, the glory of bMoab will be degraded along with all [his] great population, and [his] remnant will be very small [and] IIimpotent.”

[14] ILit the years of a hireling IILit not mighty aJb 7:1; 14:6; Is 21:16 bIs 25:10; Jr 48:42


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Moab is exhorted to yield obedience to Christ's Kingdom.

1 ¶ Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. 2 For it shall be, [that], as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, [so] the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. 3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. 4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. 5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

[1] 2S 8:2; 2K 3:4; 14:7; Ezr 7:17; Is 10:32; Mi 4:8.
[2] Nu 21:13; Dt 2:36; 3:8, 12; Jsh 13:16; Jg 11:18; Pv 27:8; Is 13:14.
[3] Jg 9:15; Ps 82:3; Is 1:17; 9:6; 25:4; 32:2; 56:8; Jr 21:12; 22:3; Ezk 45:9; Dn 4:27; Ob 1:12; Jna 4:5; Zc 7:9; Mt 25:35; He 13:2.
[4] Dt 23:15; 24:14; Is 14:4; 15:6; 25:10; 33:1; 51:13; Jr 21:12; 48:8, 18; Zc 9:8; 10:5; Mal 4:3; Lk 21:24; Ro 16:20; Rv 11:2.
[5] 2S 5:9; 7:16; 23:3; 1K 10:9; 2Ch 31:20; Ps 61:6; 72:2; 85:10; 89:1, 14; 96:13; 98:9; 99:4; Pv 20:28; 29:14; Is 9:6; 11:1; 32:1; Jr 23:5; Dn 7:14, 27; Am 9:11; Mi 4:7; Zc 9:9; Lk 1:31, 69; Ac 15:16; He 1:8; 2P 3:11.

Moab is threatened for her pride.

6 ¶ We have heard of the pride of Moab; [he is] very proud: [even] of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: [but] his lies [shall] not [be] so. 7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely [they are] stricken. 8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, [and] the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come [even] unto Jazer, they wandered [through] the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

[6] Is 2:11; 28:15, 18; 44:25; Jr 48:26, 29, 42; 50:36; Am 2:1; Ob 1:3; Zp 2:9; 1P 5:5.
[7] 2K 3:25; Is 8:19; 15:1, 2; 16:11; Jr 48:20.
[8] Nu 32:3, 38; Jsh 13:19, 25; 2S 1:21; Is 10:7; 15:4; 16:9; 24:7; Jr 27:6.

The prophet bewaileth her.

9 ¶ Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen. 10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in [their] presses; I have made [their vintage] shouting to cease. 11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

[9] Jg 9:27; Is 9:3; 15:4, 5; Jr 40:10, 12; 48:32.
[10] Is 24:8; 32:10; Jr 48:33; Am 5:11, 17; Hab 3:17; Zp 1:13.
[11] Is 15:5; 16:7; 63:15; Jr 4:19; 31:20; 48:36; Ho 11:8; Php 2:1.

The judgment of Moab.

12 ¶ And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail. 13 This [is] the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time. 14 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant [shall be] very small [and] feeble.

[12] Nu 22:39, 41; 23:1, 14, 28; 24:17; 1K 11:7; 2K 3:27; 19:12, 16; Ps 115:3; Pv 1:28; Is 15:2; 26:16; 37:38; 47:13; Jr 10:5; 48:7, 13, 35, 46.
[13] Is 44:8.
[14] Gn 31:1; Dt 15:8; Es 5:11; Is 7:16; 15:5; 17:4; 21:16; 23:9; Jr 9:23; 48:46; Na 2:9.


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