1 Send you the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to
the wilderness, to the mountain of the daughter of Zion. 2 For it shall be
that, as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab
be at the fords of the Arnon. 3 Give counsel, execute justice; make your
shade as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; donít
betray the fugitive. 4 Let my outcasts dwell with you; as for Moab, be a
covert to him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortioner is brought
to nothing, destruction ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 A throne shall be established in loving kindness; and one shall sit
thereon in truth, in the tent of David, judging, and seeking justice, and
swift to do righteousness. 6 We have heard of the pride of Moab,
that he is very proud; even of his arrogance, and his pride, and his
wrath; his boastings are nothing. 7 Therefore shall Moab wail for Moab,
everyone shall wail: for the raisin-cakes of Kir Hareseth shall you
mourn, utterly stricken. 8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and
the vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have broken down the choice
branches of it, which reached even to Jazer, which wandered into the
wilderness; its shoots were spread abroad, they passed over the sea.
9 Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah;
I will water you with my tears, Heshbon, and Elealeh: for on your summer
fruits and on your harvest the battle shout is fallen. 10 Gladness
is taken away, and joy out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there
shall be no singing, neither joyful noise: nobody shall tread out wine in the
presses; I have made the vintage shout to cease. 11 Why my heart
sounds like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kir Heres. 12 It
shall happen, when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high
place, and shall come to his sanctuary to pray, that he shall not prevail.
13 This is the word that Yahweh spoke concerning Moab in time past.
14 But now Yahweh has spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of
a hireling, the glory of Moab shall be brought into contempt, with all his
great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and of no account.
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