Isaiah chapter 16

Isaiah continues his heavy message about Moab. Assyria will invade them within three years and inflict further devastation.

 


 

A HEAVY MESSAGE ABOUT MOAB, CONTINUED

 

VERSE 1. Send the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.

NLT translation. Send lambs from Sela as tribute to the ruler of the land. Send them through the desert to the mountain of beautiful Zion.

beautiful Zion. To God, his people are always beautiful.

 

VERSE 2. For it will be that as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so will the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon.

the daughters of Moab. What does the Bible say about women? Here are all the verses we found that mention a woman in the Book of Isaiah and in the entire Bible.

the Arnon. The Arnon was the main river in Moab.

 

VERSE 3. Give counsel! Execute justice! Make your shade like the night in the middle of the noonday! Hide the outcasts! Don’t betray the fugitive!

Hide the outcasts! Jerusalem should have received the suffering Moabites with mercy.

 

VERSE 4. Let my outcasts dwell with you! As for Moab, be a hiding place for him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortionist is brought to nothing. Destruction ceases. The oppressors are consumed out of the land.

 

VERSE 5. A throne will be established in loving kindness. One will sit on it in truth, in the tent of David, judging, seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness.

NASB translation. A throne will even be established in lovingkindness, And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David; Moreover, he will seek justice And be prompt in righteousness.

in loving kindness. The throne that God will set up n the future will be marked by mercy.

in the tent of David. A descendent of David that will be established as king. This is Jesus Christ!

 

VERSE 6. We have heard of the pride of Moab, that he is very proud; even of his arrogance, his pride, and his wrath. His boastings are nothing.

 

VERSE 7. Therefore Moab will wail for Moab. Everyone will wail. You will mourn for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth, utterly stricken.

raisin cakes. They were dried grapes, compressed into a cake.

 

VERSE 8. For the fields of Heshbon languish with the vine of Sibmah. The lords of the nations have broken down its choice branches, which reached even to Jazer, which wandered into the wilderness. Its shoots were spread abroad. They passed over the sea.

 

VERSE 9. Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah. I will water you with my tears, Heshbon, and Elealeh: for on your summer fruits and on your harvest the battle shout has fallen.

I will weep. The godly person weeps when Jewish people suffer.

 

VERSE 10. Gladness is taken away, and joy out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there will be no singing, neither joyful noise. Nobody will tread out wine in the presses. I have made the shouting stop.

BBE translation. And all joy is gone; no longer are they glad for the fertile field; and in the vine-gardens there are no songs or sounds of joy: the crushing of grapes has come to an end, and its glad cry has been stopped.

This verse is very sad.

 

VERSE 11. Therefore my heart sounds like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kir Heres.

 

VERSE 12. It will happen that when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, and comes to his sanctuary to pray, that he will not prevail.

 

VERSE 13. This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in time past.

 

VERSE 14. But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as a worker bound by contract would count them, the glory of Moab shall be brought into contempt, with all his great multitude; and the remnant will be very small and feeble.”

Within three years. Assyria will invade them within three years and inflict further devastation.

the remnant. The Bible describes a uniquely faithful group of believers called “the remnant.” Are they Jewish or Christians? Now or in the future? Who are they really? Read more »

 


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