Isaiah 16
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1Send lambs to the ruler of the land,a

from Sela in the desertb

to the mountain of Daughter Zion.

2Like a bird fleeing,

forced from the nest,

the daughters of Moab

will be at the fords of the Arnon.

3Give us counsel and make a decision.

Shelter us at noonday

with shade that is as dark as night.

Hide the refugees;a

do not betray the one who flees.

4Let my refugees stay with you;

be a refuge for MoabA from the aggressor.

When the oppressor has gone,

destruction has ended,

and marauders have vanished from the land,

5a throne will be established in love,a

and one will sit on it faithfullyA

in the tent of David,

judging and pursuing what is right,

quick to execute justice.

6We have heard of Moab’s pridea

how very proud he is —

his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance,

and his empty boasting.

7Therefore let Moab wail;

let every one of them wail for Moab.

You who are completely devastated, mourn

for the raisin cakesa of Kir-hareseth.b

8For Heshbon’s terraced vineyards

and the grapevines of Sibmah have withered.

The rulers of the nations

have trampled its choice vines

that reached as far as Jazera

and spread to the desert.

Their shoots spread out

and reached the sea.b

9So I join with Jazer

to weep for the vines of Sibmah;

I drench Heshbon and Elealeh with my tears.

Triumphant shouts have fallen silentA

over your summer fruit and your harvest.

10Joy and rejoicinga have been removed from the orchard;

no one is singing or shouting for joy in the vineyards.b

No one tramples grapesA in the winepresses.

I have put an end to the shouting.

11Therefore I moan like the sound of a lyre for Moab,a

as does my innermost being for Kir-heres.

12When Moab appears

and tires himself out on the high placea

and comes to his sanctuary to pray,

it will do him no good.b

13This is the message that the Lord previously announced about Moab. 14And now the Lord says, “In three years, as a hired worker counts years,a Moab’s splendor will become an object of contempt, in spite of a very large population. And those who are left will be few and weak.”

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