Isaiah 16

1Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
from Sela, by way of the desert,
   to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2Like fleeing birds,
   like a scattered nest,
so are the daughters of Moab
   at the fords of the Arnon.

3"Give counsel;
   grant justice;
make your shade like night
   at the height of noon;
shelter the outcasts;
   do not reveal the fugitive;
4let the outcasts of Moab
   sojourn among you;
be a shelter to themSome Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; Masoretic Text let my outcasts sojourn among you; as for Moab, be a shelter to them
   from the destroyer.
When the oppressor is no more,
   and destruction has ceased,
and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
5then a throne will be established in steadfast love,
   and on it will sit in faithfulness
   in the tent of David
one who judges and seeks justice
   and is swift to do righteousness."

6We have heard of the pride of Moab—
   how proud he is!—
of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;
   in his idle boasting he is not right.
7Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,
   let everyone wail.
Mourn, utterly stricken,
   for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.

8For the fields of Heshbon languish,
   and the vine of Sibmah;
the lords of the nations
   have struck down its branches,
which reached to Jazer
   and strayed to the desert;
its shoots spread abroad
   and passed over the sea.
9Therefore I weep with the weeping of Jazer
   for the vine of Sibmah;
I drench you with my tears,
   O Heshbon and Elealeh;
for over your summer fruit and your harvest
   the shout has ceased.
10And joy and gladness are taken away from the fruitful field,
and in the vineyards no songs are sung,
   no cheers are raised;
no treader treads out wine in the presses;
   I have put an end to the shouting.
11Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,
   and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

12And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

13This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past. 14But now the LORD has spoken, saying, "In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble."