The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 16

Moab is condemned, and her people will sorrow—The Messiah will sit on David’s throne, seeking justice and hastening righteousness.

 aSend ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of aArnon.

 aTake counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

 aLet mine boutcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

 And in amercy shall the bthrone be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and chasting drighteousness.

 aWe have heard of the bpride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.

 Therefore shall Moab ahowl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of bKir-hareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.

 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto aJazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

 ¶Therefore I will 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 thy harvest is fallen.

 10 And agladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

 11 Wherefore my abowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-haresh.

 12 ¶And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to apray; but he shall not prevail.

 13 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning aMoab since that time.

 14 But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.