Isaiah 15

Moab Will Be Punished

1This is a message about Moab:
    The towns of Ar and Kir
    were destroyed in a night.
        Moab is left in ruins!
2 Everyone in Dibon has gone up
    to the temple and the shrines
        to cry and weep.
    All of Moab is crying.
    Heads and beards are shaved
        because of what happened
        at Nebo and Medeba.
3 In the towns and at home,
    everyone wears sackcloth
        and cries loud and long.
4 From Heshbon and Elealeh,
        weeping is heard in Jahaz;
    Moab’s warriors scream
        while trembling with fear.

Pity Moab

5 I pity Moab!
    Its people are running to Zoar
        and to Eglath-Shelishiyah.
    They cry on their way up
        to the town of Luhith;
    on the road to Horonaim
        they tell of disasters.
6 The streams of Nimrim
    and the grasslands
        have dried up.
    Every plant is parched.

7 The people of Moab are leaving,
        crossing over Willow Creek,
    taking everything they own
        and have worked for.
8 In the towns of Eglaim
        and of Beerelim
    and everywhere else in Moab
        mournful cries are heard.
9 The streams near Dimon
        are flowing with blood.
    But the Lord will bring
        even worse trouble to Dimon,
    because all in Moab who escape
        will be attacked by lions.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary