Isaiah 16
JPS Tanakh 1917
1Send ye the lambs for the ruler of the land
From the crags that are toward the wilderness,
Unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2For it shall be that, as wandering birds,
As a scattered nest,
So shall the daughters of Moab be
At the fords of Arnon.
3‘Give counsel, execute justice;
Make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday;
Hide the outcasts; betray not the fugitive.
4Let mine outcasts dwell with thee;
As for Moab, be thou a covert to him from the face of the spoiler.’
For the extortion is at an end, spoiling ceaseth,
They that trampled down are consumed out of the land;
5And a throne is established through mercy,
And there sitteth thereon in truth, in the tent of David,
One that judgeth, and seeketh justice, and is ready in righteousness.

6We have heard of the pride of Moab;
He is very proud;
Even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his arrogancy,
His ill-founded boastings.
7Therefore shall Moab wail for Moab,
Every one shall wail; for the sweet cakes of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn,
Sorely stricken.
8For the fields of Heshbon languish,
And the vine of Sibmah,
Whose choice plants did overcome
The lords of nations;
They reached even unto Jazer,
They wandered into the wilderness;
Her branches were spread abroad,
They passed over the sea.
9Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer
For the vine of Sibmah;
I will water thee with my tears,
O Heshbon, and Elealeh;
For upon thy summer fruits and upon thy harvest
The battle shout is fallen.
10And gladness and joy are taken away
Out of the fruitful field;
And in the vineyards there shall be no singing,
Neither shall there be shouting; No treader shall tread out wine in the presses;
I have made the vintage shout to cease.
11Wherefore my heart moaneth like a harp for Moab,
And mine inward parts for Kir-heres.

12And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab hath wearied himself upon the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail

13This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in time past. 14But now the LORD hath spoken, saying: ‘Within three years, as the years of a hireling, and the glory of Moab shall wax contemptible for all his great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and without strength.’


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