Isaiah chapter 15

A heavy message about Moab.





VERSE 1. The burden of Moab. For in a night, Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing. For in a night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing.

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. The Hebrew expression is “msha muab.” That literally means, “load-of Moab.”

Many newer translations put it like this: “An oracle concerning Moab.”

Many older translations put it this way: “The burden of Moab.”

For a true prophet, their prophetic gift can feel like a weight that sits down on them. A burden.

Moab. This is the historical name for a mountainous strip of land It is alongside the eastern shore of the Dead Sea.


VERSE 2. They have gone up to Bayith, and to Dibon, to the high places, to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and over Medeba. Baldness is on all of their heads. Every beard is cut off.

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.


VERSE 3. In their streets, they clothe themselves in sackcloth. In their streets and on their housetops, everyone wails, weeping abundantly.

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.


VERSE 9. For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; for I will bring yet more on Dimon, a lion on those of Moab who escape, and on the remnant of the land.

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