The judgment of Moab,
Jeremiah 48:1 Thus saith the Lorde of hoastes the God of Israel against Moab: Wo be to the citie of Nebo, for it is layde waste, brought to confusion, and Kiriathaim is taken: Misgab is brought to shame and afraide. Jeremiah 48:2 Moab can boast no more of Hesbon, for they haue deuised a mischiefe against it: Come [shall they say] let vs roote them out, that they may be no more a nation, thou also shalt be destroyed O Madmena, and the sworde shall persecute thee. Jeremiah 48:3 A voyce shall crye from Horonaim: Great wasting and destruction shall come vpon them, Jeremiah 48:4 Moab is made desolate, her litle ones haue cryed out. Jeremiah 48:5 For at the going vp vnto Luith he arose with lamentation and mourning, and downe towarde Horonaim they hearde a cruel and deadly crye: Jeremiah 48:6 Get you away, saue your liues, and be lyke vnto the heath in the wyldernesse.
for their pride,
Jeremiah 48:7 For because thou hast trusted in thine owne workes and treasure, thou shalt be taken: Chamos with his priestes and princes shall go away into captiuitie. Jeremiah 48:8 The destroyer shall come vpon all cities, none shall escape: The valleys shalbe destroyed, and the fieldes shalbe layde waste, lyke as the Lorde hath spoken. Jeremiah 48:9 Geue winges vnto Moab, that she get her away speedyly: for her cities shalbe made so desolate, that no man shall dwell therein. Jeremiah 48:10 Cursed be he that doth the worke of the Lorde fraudulently, and cursed be he that kepeth backe his sworde from sheddyng of blood.
for their security,
Jeremiah 48:11 Moab hath euer ben riche and carelesse from her youth vp, she hath ben still setled vpon lies, she was neuer yet put out of one vessell into another [that is] she neuer went away into captiuitie, therefore her taste remayneth, and her sauour is not yet chaunged. Jeremiah 48:12 But lo, the tyme commeth saith the Lorde, that I shall sende her trussers to trusse her vp, whiche shall remoue her from her dwelling, and emptie her vessels, and breake her wine pottes. Jeremiah 48:13 And Moab shalbe ashamed of Chamos, lyke as Israel was ashamed of Bethel, wherein she put her trust.
for their carnal confidence,
Jeremiah 48:14 Wherefore do ye thinke thus: we are mightie and strong men of warre? Jeremiah 48:15 Moab is destroyed, and her cities brent vp, her chosen young men be slayne, saith the kyng whose name is the Lorde of hoastes. Jeremiah 48:16 The destruction of Moab commeth on a pace, and her fall is at hande. Jeremiah 48:17 All ye neighbours mourne for her, and all ye that knowe her name, say, O howe happeneth it that the strong staffe and the goodly rodde is thus broken? Jeremiah 48:18 And thou daughter Dibon, come downe from thy glory, and sit in thyrst: for he that destroyeth Moab, shall come vp to thee also, and breake downe thy strong holdes. Jeremiah 48:19 And thou that dwellest in Aroer, get thee to the streete, and looke about thee, aske them that are fled and escaped, and say, What thing is happened? Jeremiah 48:20 Oh Moab is confounded and ouercome: mourne and crye, tell it out at Arnon, that Moab is destroyed. Jeremiah 48:21 For iudgement shall come vpon the playne lande [namely] vpon Holon, and Iahzah, and vpon Mephaath. Jeremiah 48:22 And vpon Dibon, vpon Nabo, and Beth Deblathaim, Jeremiah 48:23 Upon Kiriathaim, and vpon Beth Gamul, vpon Beth Maon, Jeremiah 48:24 And vpon Carioth, vpon Bozra, and all the cities in the lande of Moab, whether they lye farre or neare. Jeremiah 48:25 The horne of Moab is smitten downe, and her arme broken saith the Lorde.
and for their contempt of God and his people.
Jeremiah 48:26 Make her drunken, for she magnified her selfe aboue the Lorde, that men may clap their handes at her vomite, and that she also may be laughed to scorne. Jeremiah 48:27 Diddest not thou laugh Israel to scorne, as though he had ben taken [with theft] among thieues? for so often as thou makest mention of hym, thou skippest for ioy. Jeremiah 48:28 Ye Moabites, leaue the cities, and dwel in rockes of stone, and become like doues that make their nestes in holes. Jeremiah 48:29 As for Moabs pride we haue hearde of it, she is very hye minded, I knowe her stoutenesse, her boasting, her arrogancie, and the pride of her stomacke, [saith the Lorde.] Jeremiah 48:30 I knowe (saith the Lorde) her indignation, she doth not right, her wordes are lyes, and they haue not dealt truely. Jeremiah 48:31 Therefore will I mourne for Moab, for whole Moabs sake: my heart shall lament the men of Kirchares. Jeremiah 48:32 O thou vineyarde of Sabamah, I wyll weepe for thee as for Iazer: thy vine braunches shall come ouer the sea vnto the sea of Iazer, the destroyer shal breake into thy haruest and grape gathering. Jeremiah 48:33 Myrth and cheare shalbe taken away from the fertile fielde, and from the lande of Moab: there shalbe no sweete wine in the presse, the treader shal haue no stomacke to crye, yea there shalbe none to crye vnto him, Jeremiah 48:34 Whiche aforetyme were hearde from Hesbon to Eleale, and Iahaz, whiche lyfted vp their voyce from Zoar vnto Horonaim, that bullocke of three yere olde: the waters also of Nemrim shalbe dryed vp. Jeremiah 48:35 Moreouer, I will make Moab ceasse saith the Lorde, from the offeringes and censing that she hath made vnto her gods in hye places. Jeremiah 48:36 Wherefore my heart mourneth for Moab like a crowde playing an heauie song, and for the mens sake of Kirchares my heart mourneth also, euen as a pipe that pipeth a dolefull song: for their riches which they haue gathered, shalbe destroyed. Jeremiah 48:37 All heades shalbe shauen, and all beardes clipped of, all handes bounde, and all loynes gyrded about with sackcloth. Jeremiah 48:38 Upon all the house toppes and streetes of Moab there shalbe lamentable mourning: for I wyl breake Moab lyke an vnprofitable vessell, saith the Lorde. Jeremiah 48:39 O howe is she destroyed? O howe mourneth she? O howe doth Moab hang downe her head and is ashamed? Thus shal Moab be a laughing stocke, and had in derision of all them that be rounde about her. Jeremiah 48:40 For thus saith the Lorde: Beholde, the enemie shall come fleeing as an Egle, and spreade his winges vpon Moab. Jeremiah 48:41 They shall take the cities, and winne the strong holdes: then the mightie mens heartes in Moab, shalbe lyke the heart of a woman trauayling with chylde. Jeremiah 48:42 And Moab shalbe made so desolate, that she shall no more be a people, because she hath set vp her selfe against the Lorde. Jeremiah 48:43 Feare, pit, and snare, shall come vpon thee O Moab, saith the Lorde. Jeremiah 48:44 Whoso escapeth the feare, shall fall into the pit, and whoso getteth out of the pit, shalbe taken in the snare: for I will bryng a yere of visitation vpon Moab, saith the Lorde. Jeremiah 48:45 They that are able to flee, shall stande vnder the shadowe of Hesbon, for there shall go a fire out of Hesbon, and a flambe from Sion, and shall burne vp that proude people of Moab, and the toppe of those seditious chyldren. Jeremiah 48:46 Wo be vnto thee O Moab, thou people of Chamos shalt perishe: yea thy sonnes and daughters shalbe led away captiue.
The restoration of Moab.
Jeremiah 48:47 Yet at the last wyll I bryng Moab out of captiuitie agayne saith the Lord: Thus farre is of the plague of Moab.