The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 48:1–47

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Of Moab. Thus saith YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel: Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled; Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken; Misgab is put to shame and dismayed.

Jer31:1  Thus has the Lord said concerning MOAB, Woe to Nabau! for it has perished: Cariathaim is taken: Amath and Agath are put to shame.

Against Moab, thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Woe upon Nebo! For it has been devastated and confounded. Kiriathaim has been seized; the strong one has been confounded and has trembled.

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The praise of Moab is no more; in Heshbon they have devised evil against her: 'Come, and let us cut her off from being a nation.' Thou also, O Madmen, shalt be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue thee.

Jer31:2  There is no longer any healing for Moab, nor glorying in Esebon: he has devised evils against her: we have cut her off from being a nation, and she shall be completely still: after thee shall go a sword;

There is no longer any rejoicing in Moab over Heshbon. They have devised evil. ‘Come and let us destroy it as a nation.’ Then you will be utterly silenced, and the sword will pursue you.

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Hark! a cry from Horonaim, spoiling and great destruction!

Jer31:3  for there is a voice of men crying out of Oronaim, destruction and great ruin.

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Moab is destroyed; her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.

Jer31:4  Moab is ruined, proclaim it to Zogora

Moab has been crushed. Announce an outcry for her little ones.

For by the ascent of Luhith with continual weeping shall they go up; for in the going down of Horonaim they have heard the distressing cry of destruction.

Jer31:5  for Aloth is filled with weeping: one shall go up weeping by the way of Oronaim; ye have heard a cry of destruction.

For, along the ascent of Luhith, the mourner will ascend with weeping. For, on the descent of Horonaim, the enemies have heard the wailing of devastation.

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Flee, save your lives, and be like a tamarisk in the wilderness.

Jer31:6  Flee ye, and save your lives, and ye shall be as a wild ass in the desert.

Hearken and flee, save your lives and be like a plant in the wilderness.

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For, because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou also shalt be taken; and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, his priests and his princes together.

Jer31:7  Since thou hast trusted in thy strong-hold, therefore thou shalt be taken: and Chamos shall go forth into captivity, and his priests, and his princes together.

For because you have had faith in your fortifications and in your storehouses, you too will be seized. And Chemosh will go into captivity: his priests and his leaders together.

And the spoiler shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape; the valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed; as YHWH hath spoken.

Jer31:8  And destruction shall come upon every city, it shall by no means escape; the valley also shall perish, and the plain country shall be completely destroyed, as the Lord has said.

And the despoiler will overwhelm every city, and not a single city will be saved. And the valleys will perish, and the fields will be destroyed. For the Lord has spoken.

Give wings unto Moab, for she must fly and get away; and her cities shall become a desolation, without any to dwell therein.

Jer31:9  Set marks upon Moab, for she shall be touched with a plague-spot, and all her cities shall become desolate; whence shall there be an inhabitant for her?

Give a blossom to Moab. For it will depart when it is blossoming. And its cities will become desolate and uninhabited.

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10  Cursed be he that doeth the work of YHWH with a slack hand, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

Jer31:10  Cursed is the man that does the works of the Lord carelessly, keeping back his sword from blood.

10  Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully. And cursed is he who prohibits his sword from blood.

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11  Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity; therefore his taste remaineth in him, and his scent is not changed.

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12  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith YHWH, that I will send unto him them that tilt up, and they shall tilt him up; and they shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles in pieces.

12  Because of this, behold, the days are approaching, says the Lord, when I will send to him those who will line up and knock down his bottles, and they will knock him down and empty his vessels, and they will break their bottles against one another.

13  And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Beth-el their confidence.

13  And Moab will be confounded by Chemosh, just as the house of Israel was shamed by Bethel, in which they had faith.

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14  How say ye: 'We are mighty men, and valiant men for the war'?

Jer31:14  How will ye say, We are strong, and men strong for war?

14  How can you say: ‘We are strong and robust men of battle?’

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15  Moab is spoiled, and they are gone up into her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, saith the King, whose name is YHWH of hosts.

Jer31:15  Moab is ruined, even his city, and his choice young men have gone down to slaughter.

15  Moab has been devastated, and they have cut down her cities. And her elect young men have descended to slaughter. So says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

16  The calamity of Moab is near to come, and his affliction hasteth fast.

Jer31:16  The day of Moab is near at hand, and his iniquity moves swiftly to vengeance.

16  The passing away of Moab draws near and arrives. Its evil will rush forward with great speed.

17  Bemoan him, all ye that are round about him, and all ye that know his name; say: 'How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod!'

Jer31:17  Shake the head at him, all ye that are round about him; all of you utter his name; say ye, How is the glorious staff broken to pieces, the rod of magnificence!

17  Console him, all you who surround him and all you who know his name. Say: ‘How has the strong staff become broken, the glorious staff?’

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18  O thou daughter that dwellest in Dibon, come down from thy glory, and sit in thirst; for the spoiler of Moab is come up against thee, he hath destroyed thy strongholds.

Jer31:18  Come down from thy glory, and sit down in a damp place: Daebon shall be broken, because Moab is destroyed: there has gone up against thee one to ravage thy strong-hold.

18  Descend from your glory, and sit in thirst, O habitation of the daughter of Dibon! For the destroyer of Moab has ascended to you; he has dissipated your fortifications.

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19  O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and watch; ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth; say: 'What hath been done?'

Jer31:19  Stand by the way, and look, thou that dwellest in Arer; and ask him that is fleeing, and him that escapes, and say, What has happened?

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20  Moab is put to shame, for it is dismayed; wail and cry; tell ye it in Arnon, that Moab is spoiled.

20  Moab has been confounded, because he has been conquered. Wail and cry out! Announce it in Arnon: Moab has been devastated,

20  Moab is ashamed; for it is broken down; howl and cry in Arnon, for Moab is destroyed.

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21  And judgment is come upon the country of the Plain; upon Holon, and upon Jahzah, and upon Mephaath;

Jer31:21  And judgement is coming against the land of Misor, upon Chelon, and Rephas, and Mophas,

22  and upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Beth-diblathaim;

Jer31:22  and upon Daebon, and upon Nabau, and upon the house of Daethlathaim,

23  and upon Kiriathaim, and upon Beth-gamul, and upon Beth-meon;

Jer31:23  and upon Cariathaim, and upon the house of Gaemol, and upon the house of Maon,

24  and upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah, and upon all the cities of the land of Moab, far or near.

Jer31:24  and upon Carioth, and upon Bosor, and upon all the cities of Moab, far and near.

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25  The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith YHWH.

25  The horn of Moab has been cut away, and his arm has been crushed, says the Lord.

26  Make ye him drunken, for he magnified himself against YHWH; and Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.

26  Inebriate him, for he has lifted himself up against the Lord. And Moab will thrust his hand into his own vomit, and also now he himself will become a derision.

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27  For was not Israel a derision unto thee? Was he found among thieves? For as often as thou speakest of him, thou waggest the head.

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28  O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock; and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the pit's mouth.

Jer31:28  The inhabitants of Moab have left the cities, and dwelt in rocks; they have become as doves nestling in rocks, at the mouth of a cave.

28  Relinquish the cities, and live upon a rock, O inhabitants of Moab, and be like a dove nesting at the mouth of an opening at the summit.

29  We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud; his loftiness, and his pride, and his haughtiness, and the assumption of his heart.

Jer31:29  And I have heard of the pride of Moab, he has greatly heightened his pride and his haughtiness, and his heart has been lifted up.

29  We have listened to the arrogance of Moab; he is very proud: his exaltation, and arrogance, and pride, and the loftiness of his heart.

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30  I know his arrogancy, saith YHWH, that it is ill-founded; his boastings have wrought nothing well-founded.

Jer31:30  But I know his works: is it not enough for him? has he not done thus?

30  Their works were unjust, and yet their soothsayers did not predict such things against them.

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31  Therefore will I wail for Moab; yea, I will cry out for all Moab; for the men of Kir-heres shall my heart moan.

Jer31:31  Therefore howl ye for Moab on all sides; cry out against the shorn men in a gloomy place. I will weep for thee,

31  For this reason, I will wail over Moab, and I will cry out to all of Moab, to the men on the brick wall who are lamenting.

32  With more than the weeping of Jazer will I weep for thee, O vine of Sibmah; thy branches passed over the sea, they reached even to the sea of Jazer; upon thy summer fruits and upon thy vintage the spoiler is fallen.

Jer31:32  O vine of Aserema, as with the weeping of Jazer: thy branches are gone over the sea, they reached the cities of Jazer: destruction has come upon thy fruits, and upon thy grape-gatherers.

32  O vineyard of Sibmah, I will weep for you, with the mourning of Jazer. Your offshoots have crossed over the sea. They have reached even to the sea of Jazer. The despoiler has rushed over your harvest and your vintage.

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33  And gladness and joy is taken away from the fruitful field, and from the land of Moab; and I have caused wine to cease from the winepresses; none shall tread with shouting; the shouting shall be no shouting.

Jer31:33  Joy and gladness have been utterly swept off the land of Moab: and though there was wine in thy presses, in the morning they trod it not, neither in the evening did they raise the cry of joy.

34  From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh, even unto Jahaz have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even unto Horonaim, a heifer of three years old; for the Waters of Nimrim also shall be desolate.

Jer31:34  From the cry of Esebon even to Ætam their cities uttered their voice, from Zogor to Oronaim, and their tidings as a heifer of three years old, for the water also of Nebrin shall be dried up.

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35  Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab, saith YHWH, him that offereth in the high place, and him that offereth to his gods.

Jer31:35  And I will destroy Moab, saith the Lord, as he comes up to the altar, and burns incense to his gods.

35  And I will take away from Moab, says the Lord, the one who makes offerings in exalted places, and the one who sacrifices to his gods.

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36  Therefore my heart moaneth for Moab like pipes, and my heart moaneth like pipes for the men of Kir-heres; therefore the abundance that he hath gotten is perished.

36  Because of this, my heart will resound for Moab, like the pipes, and my heart will make a sound like the pipes for the men on the brick wall. For he has done more than he was able, yet still they have perished.

36  Therefore, my heart shall sound for Moab like a harp because they have done evil and are perished.

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37  For every head is bald, and every beard clipped; upon all the hands are cuttings, and upon the loins sackcloth.

Jer31:37  They shall all have their heads shaved in every place, and every beard shall be shaved; and all hands shall beat the breasts, and on all loins shall be sackcloth.

37  For every head will be bald, and every beard will be shaved. All the hands will be bound together, and there will be haircloth on every back.

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38  On all the housetops of Moab and in the broad places thereof there is lamentation every where; for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith YHWH.

Jer31:38  And on all the housetops of Moab, and in his streets shall be mourning: for I have broken him, saith the Lord, as a vessel, which is useless.

38  Over all the rooftops of Moab, and in its streets, everyone will mourn. For I have crushed Moab like a useless vessel, says the Lord.

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39  'How is it broken down!' wail ye! 'How hath Moab turned the back with shame!' So shall Moab become a derision and a dismay to all that are round about him.

Jer31:39  How has he changed! how has Moab turned his back! Moab is put to shame, and become a laughing-stock, and an object of anger to all that are round about him.

39  How was it conquered, so that they would wail? How is it that Moab has cast down his neck and been confounded? And Moab will be a derision and an example to everyone around him.”

40  For thus saith YHWH: Behold, he shall swoop as a vulture, and shall spread out his wings against Moab.

Jer31:40  For thus said the Lord;

40  Thus says the Lord: “Behold, he will fly like the eagle, and he will extend his wings to Moab.

41  The cities are taken, and the strongholds are seized, and the heart of the mighty men of Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

Jer31:41  Carioth is taken, and the strong-holds have been taken together.

41  Kerioth has been captured, and the fortifications have been taken. And in that day, the heart of the strong ones of Moab will be like the heart of a woman giving birth.

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42  And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against YHWH.

42  And Moab will cease to be a people. For he has been glorified against the Lord.

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43  Terror, and the pit, and the trap, are upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith YHWH.

Jer31:43  A snare, and fear, and the pit, are upon thee, O inhabitant off Moab.

43  Terror and the pit and the snare will overwhelm you, O inhabitant of Moab, says the Lord.

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44  He that fleeth from the terror shall fall into the pit; and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the trap; for I will bring upon her, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith YHWH.

44  Whoever flees from the terror will fall into the pit. And whoever climbs out of the pit will be seized by the snare. For I will lead over Moab the year of their visitation, says the Lord.

44  He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit; and he who gets up out of the pit shall be caught in the snare; for I will bring all these things upon Moab in the year of their punishment, says the LORD.

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45  In the shadow of Heshbon the fugitives stand without strength; for a fire is gone forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and it devoureth the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.

45  Those fleeing from the snare stood in the shadow of Heshbon. For a fire has gone forth from Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and it will devour the portion of Moab, and the top of the head of the sons of tumult.

45  For a fire has gone forth out of Heshbon and a flame from the province of Sihon, and it shall devour the face of Moab and the crown of the head of the sons of Shaon.

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46  Woe unto thee, O Moab! The people of Chemosh is undone; for thy sons are taken away captive, and thy daughters into captivity.

46  Woe to you, O Moab! You have been ruined, O people of Chemosh! For your sons and your daughters have been taken into captivity.

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47  Yet will I turn the captivity of Moab in the end of days, saith YHWH. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

47  But I will convert the captivity of Moab in the last days, says the Lord.” Such are the judgments of Moab thus far.

47  Yet I will bring back the captivity of Moab in the latter days, says the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.