Jeremiah 48

1This message is about the country of Moab. This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of the people of Israel, says: “It will be bad for Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo will be ruined. The town of Kiriathaim will be humbled. It will be captured. The strong place will be humbled. It will be shattered. 2Moab will not be praised again. Men in Heshbon will plan Moab’s defeat. They will say, 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.’ Madmenah, you will also be silenced. The sword will chase you. 3Listen to the cries from Horonaim. They are cries of much confusion and destruction. 4Moab will be destroyed. Her little children will cry for help. 5Moab’s people go up the path to Luhith. They are crying bitterly as they go. On the road down to the town of Horonaim, Cries of pain and suffering can be heard. 6Run away! Run for your lives! Run away like a tumbleweed ˻blowing˼ through the desert. 7You trust in the things you made and in your wealth. So you will be captured. The god Chemosh will be taken into captivity. And his priests and officials will be taken with him. 8The Destroyer will come against every town. Not one town will escape. The valley will be ruined. The high plain will be destroyed. The Lord said this would happen, so it will happen. 9Spread salt over the fields in Moab. The country will be an empty desert. Moab’s towns will become empty. No people will live in them. 10If a person does not do what the Lord says, if he does not use his sword to kill those people, then bad things will happen to that person. 11“Moab has never known trouble. Moab is like wine left to settle. Moab has never been poured from one jar to another. He has not been taken into captivity. So he tastes like he did before. And his smell has not changed.” 12The Lord says these things. ”But I will soon send men to pour you from your jars. Then they will empty the jars and smash them to pieces.” 13Then the people of Moab will be ashamed of their false god, Chemosh. The people of Israel trusted that ˻false god˼ in Bethel. And the people of Israel were embarrassed ˻when that false god did not help them˼. Moab will be like that. 14“You can’t say, 'We are good soldiers. We are brave men in battle.’ 15The enemy will attack Moab. The enemy will enter those towns and destroy them. Her best young men will be killed in the slaughter.” This message is from the King. The King’s name is the Lord All Powerful. 16“The end of Moab is near. Moab will soon be destroyed. 17All of you people living around Moab should cry for that country. You people know how famous Moab is. So cry for him. Say, 'The ruler’s power is broken. Moab’s power and glory is gone.’ 18“You people living in Dibon, come down from your place of honor. Sit on the ground in the dust. Why? Because the Destroyer is coming. And he will destroy your strong cities. 19“You people living in Aroer, stand next to the road and watch. See the man running away. See that woman running away. Ask them what happened. 20“Moab will be ruined and filled with shame. Moab will cry and cry. Announce at the Arnon River, that Moab is destroyed. 21People on the high plain have been punished. Judgment has come to the towns of Holon, Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22Judgment has come to the towns of Dibon, Nebo, and Beth Diblathaim, 23Judgment has come to the towns of Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul, and Beth Meon, 24Judgment has come to the towns of Kerioth and Bozrah. Judgment has come to all the towns of Moab, far and near. 25Moab’s strength has been cut off. Moab’s arm has been broken.” The Lord said these things. 26“Moab thought he was more important than the Lord. So punish Moab until he staggers like a drunk person. Moab will fall and roll around in his vomit. People will make fun of Moab. 27“Moab, you made fun of Israel. Israel was caught by a gang of thieves. Every time you spoke about Israel, you shook your head and acted like you were better than Israel. 28People in Moab, leave your towns. Go live among the rocks; be like a dove that makes its nest at the opening of a cave.” 29“We have heard about Moab’s pride. He was very proud. He thought he was important. He was always bragging. He was very, very proud.” 30The Lord says, ”I know that Moab becomes angry quickly and brags about himself. But his boasts are lies. He can’t do the things he says. 31So, I cry for Moab. I cry for everyone in Moab. I cry for the men from Kir Hareseth. 32I cry with the people of Jazer for Jazer. Sibmah, in the past your vines spread all the way to the sea. They reached as far as the town of Jazer. But the Destroyer has taken your fruit and grapes. 33Joy and happiness are gone from the large vineyards of Moab. I stopped the flow of wine from the winepresses. There is no singing and dancing from people walking on the grapes to make wine. There are no shouts of joy. 34“The people of the towns of Heshbon and Elealeh are crying. Their cry is heard even as far away as the town of Jahaz. Their cry is heard from the town of Zoar, as far away as the towns of Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah. Even the waters of Nimrim are dried. 35I will stop Moab from making burnt offerings on the high places. I will stop them from making sacrifices to their gods.” The Lord said those things. 36“I am very sad for Moab. My hearts cries like the sad sound of a flute playing a funeral song. I am sad for the people from Kir Hareseth. Their money and riches have all been taken away. 37Everyone has a shaved head. Everyone’s beard is cut off. Everyone’s hands are cut and bleeding. Everyone is wearing their clothes of sadness around their waists. 38People are crying for the dead everywhere in Moab—on every housetop and in every public square. There is sadness because I have broken Moab like an empty jar.” The Lord said these things. 39“Moab is shattered. The people are crying. Moab surrendered. Now Moab is ashamed. People make fun of Moab—but the things that happened fill them with fear.” 40The Lord says, “Look! An eagle is diving down from the sky. It is spreading its wings over Moab. 41The towns of Moab will be captured. The strong hiding places will be defeated. At that time, Moab’s soldiers will be scared, like a woman that is having a baby. 42The nation of Moab will be destroyed. Why? Because they thought that they were more important than the Lord.” 43The Lord says these things: ”People of Moab, fear, deep holes, and traps wait for you. 44People will be afraid and run away, and they will fall into the deep holes. If anyone climbs out of the deep holes, he will be caught in the traps. I will bring the year of punishment to Moab.” The Lord said these things. 45“People have run from the powerful enemy. They ran to safety in the town Heshbon. ˻But there was no safety.˼ A fire started in Heshbon. That fire started in Sihon’s town And it is destroying the leaders of Moab. It is destroying those proud people. 46It will be bad for you, Moab. Chemosh’s people are being destroyed. Your sons and daughters are being taken away as prisoners and captives. 47“Moab’s people will be taken away as captives. But in days to come, I will bring Moab’s people back.” This message is from the Lord. This ends the judgment on Moab.

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