1 SendThat is, offer a sacrifice, by which he derides their long delay, who would not repent when the Lord called them, showing them that it is now too late seeing the vengeance of God is on them.ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 For it shall be, [that], as aThere is no remedy but that you must flee.wandering bird cast out of the nest, [so] the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
3 Take counsel, execute judgment;He shows what Moab would have done, when Israel their neighbour was in affliction, to whom because they would give no shadow or comfort, they are now left comfortless.make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; discover not him that wandereth.
4 Let my outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortionerThe Assyrians will oppress the Israelites but for a while.is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 And in mercy shall the throne be established:Meaning, Christ.and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and swiftly executing righteousness.
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; [he is] very proud: [even] of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: [but] hisTheir vain confidence and proud bragging will deceive them, (Jer_48:2).lies [shall] not [be] so.
7 Therefore shall Moab wail for Moab, every one shall wail: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely [they are]For all your mourning, yet the city will be destroyed even to the foundation.stricken.
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, [and] the vine of Sibmah:That is, the Assyrians and other enemies.the lords of the nations have broken down her principal plants, they have come [even] toMeaning that the country of Moab was now destroyed, and all the precious things of it were carried into the borders yea into other countries and over the sea.Jazer, they wandered [through] the wilderness: her branches are extended, they have gone over the sea.
9 Therefore I willHe shows that their plague was so great that it would have moved any man to lament with them, as in (Psa_141:5).bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thyThe enemies are come upon you, and shout for joy when they carry your conveniences from you as in (Jer_48:33).harvest is fallen.
10 And gladnes is taken away, and ioy out of the plentifull fielde: and in the vineyardes shall be no singing nor shouting for ioy: the treader shall not tread wine in the wine presses: I haue caused the reioycing to cease.
11 Wherefore myFor sorrow and compassion.heart shall sound like an harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kirharesh.
12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to hisThey will use all means to seek help for their idols, and all in vain: for Chemosh their great god will not be able to help them.sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.
13 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken against Moab since that time.
14 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying,He appointed a certain time to punish the enemies in.Within three years, as the years of anWho will observe justly the time for which he is hired and serve no longer but will ever long for it.hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be despised, with all that great multitude; and the remnant [shall be] very small [and] feeble.