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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 48

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Against Moab. * 1Concerning Moab, thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Woe to Nebo, it is laid waste; Kiriathaim is disgraced and captured, Disgraced and overthrown is the stronghold: 2Moab's glory is no more. Evil they plan against Heshbon: “Come, let us put an end to her as a people.” You, too, Madmen, shall be reduced to silence; behind you stalks the sword. 3Listen! a cry from Horonaim b 3ff: Is 15, 5 . of ruin and great destruction! 4Moab is crushed, their outcry is heard in Zoar. 5The ascent of Luhith they climb weeping; On the descent to Horonaim the cry of destruction is heard. 6“Flee, save your lives, to survive like the wild ass in the desert!” 7Because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be captured. Chemosh* shall go into exile, his priests and princes with him. c Nm 21, 29 . 8The destroyer comes upon every city, not a city escapes; Ruined is the valley, wasted the plain, as the LORD has said. 9Set up a memorial for Moab, for it is an utter wasteland; Its cities are turned into ruins where no one dwells. 10[Cursed be he who does the LORD’s work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood.] 11Moab has been tranquil from his youth, has rested upon his lees; He was not poured from one flask to another, he went not into exile. Thus he kept his taste, and his scent was not lost. d Zep 1, 12 .

12Hence, the days shall come, says the LORD, when I will send him coopers to turn him over; they shall empty his flasks and break his jars. 13Chemosh shall disappoint Moab, as Israel was disappointed by Bethel in which they trusted. e Is 16, 12 .

14How can you say, “We are heroes, men valiant in war”? 15The ravager of Moab and his cities advances, the flower of his youth goes down to be slaughtered, says the King, the LORD of hosts by name. 16Near at hand is Moab's ruin, his disaster hastens apace. 17Mourn for him, all you his neighbors, all you who knew him well! Say: How the strong staff is broken, the glorious rod! 18Come down from glory, sit on the ground, you that dwell in Dibon; Moab's ravager has come up against you, he has ruined your strongholds. f Nm 21, 30 . 19Stand by the wayside, watch closely, you that dwell in Aroer; Ask the man who flees, the woman who tries to escape: say to them, “What has happened?” g Dt 2, 36 . 20Moab is disgraced, yes, destroyed, howl and cry out; Publish it at the Arnon, Moab is ruined! h Is 16, 7 .

21For judgment has come on the land of the plateau: on Holon, Jahzah, and Mephaath, i Is 15, 4 . 22on Dibon, Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23on Kiriathaim, Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24on Kerioth and on Bozrah: on all the cities of Moab, far and near.

25Moab's strength is broken, his might is shattered, says the LORD.

26Because he boasted against the LORD, make Moab drunk so that he retches and vomits, and he too becomes a laughingstock. 27Is Israel a laughingstock to you? Was she caught among thieves, that you shake your head whenever you speak of her? j Zep 2, 8ff .

28Leave the cities, dwell in the crags, you that dwell in Moab. Be like a dove that nests out of reach on the edge of a chasm. 29We have heard of the pride of Moab, k 29f: Is 16, 6 . pride beyond bounds: His loftiness, his pride, his scorn, his insolence of heart. 30I know, says the LORD, his arrogance; liar in boast, liar in deed. 31And so I wail over Moab, over all Moab I cry, over the men of Kir-heres I moan. l Is 16, 7 . 32More than for Jazer I weep over you, vineyard of Sibmah. Your tendrils trailed down to the sea, as far as Jazer they stretched. Upon your harvest, upon your vintage, the ravager has fallen. m Is 16, 8f . 33Joy and jubilation are at an end in the fruit gardens of the land of Moab. I drain the wine from the wine vats, the treader treads no more, the vintage shout is stilled.

34The cry of Heshbon and Elealeh is heard as far as Jahaz; they call from Zoar to Horonaim, and to Eglath-shelishiyah, for even the waters of Nimrim turn into a desert. n Is 15, 4f . 35I will leave no one in Moab, says the LORD, to offer a holocaust on the high place, or to burn incense to his gods. 36Hence the wail of flutes for Moab is in my heart; for the men of Kir-heres the wail of flutes is in my heart: the wealth they acquired has perished. o Is 16, 11 . 37Every head has been made bald, every beard shaved; every hand is gashed, and the loins of all are clothed in sackcloth. p Jer 47, 5; Is 15, 2f; Ez 7, 18 . 38On every roof of Moab and in all his squares there is mourning; I have shattered Moab like a pot that no one wants, says the LORD. 39How terror seizes Moab, and wailing! How he turns his back in shame! Moab has become a laughingstock and a horror to all his neighbors! 40For thus says the LORD:

Behold, like an eagle he soars, spreads his wings over Moab. q Jer 49, 22 . 41Cities are taken, strongholds seized: On that day the hearts of Moab's heroes are like the heart of a woman in travail. r Jer 6, 24; 30, 6 . 42Moab shall be destroyed, no more a people, because he boasted against the LORD. s Zep 2, 9f . 43Terror, pit, and trap be upon you, people of Moab, says the LORD. t Is 24, 17f . 44He who flees from the terror falls into the pit; He who climbs from the pit is caught in the trap; For I will bring these things upon Moab in the year of their punishment, says the LORD. 45In Heshbon's shadow stop short the exhausted refugees; For fire breaks forth from Heshbon, and a blaze from the house of Sihon: It consumes the brow of Moab, the skull of the noisemakers. u Nm 21, 28f . 46Woe to you, O Moab, you are ruined, O people of Chemosh! Your sons are taken into exile, your daughters into captivity. 47But I will change the lot of Moab in the days to come, says the LORD. v Jer 49, 39 .

Thus far the judgment of Moab.

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