Isaiah delivers a heavy message about Moab. They will flee the invading Assyrians and will be defeated.
NLT translation. This message came to me concerning Moab: In one night the town of Ar will be leveled, and the city of Kir destroyed.
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concerning Moab. Many newer translations put it like this: “An oracle concerning Moab.” Many older translations put it this way: “The burden of Moab.” The Hebrew expression is this: “msha muab,” which literally means, “load-of Moab.” Perhaps the prophetic “gift” feels like a weight that sits down upon you. Maybe it feels a burden.
Moab. This is the historical name for a mountainous strip of land It is alongside the eastern shore of the Dead Sea.
to the high places. That is, temples to other gods.
Baldness is on all of their heads. That is, they will shave their heads. That was an expression of grief.
Every beard is cut off. This too was an expression of grief.
they clothe themselves in sackcloth. This too was an expression of grief.
VERSE 4. Heshbon cries out with Elealeh. Their voice is heard even to Jahaz. Therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud. Their souls tremble within them.
VERSE 5. My heart cries out for Moab! Her Nazirites flee to Zoar, to Eglath Shelishiyah; for they go up by the ascent of Luhith with weeping; for on the way to Horonaim, they raise up a cry of destruction.
VERSE 6. For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate; for the grass has withered away, the tender grass fails, there is no green thing.
VERSE 7. Therefore they will carry away the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have stored up, over the brook of the willows.
VERSE 8. For the cry has gone around the borders of Moab, its wailing to Eglaim, and its wailing to Beer Elim.
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