Isaiah 16

An Oracle Concerning Moab

1 Send a the lamb to the ruler of the land,
b From 1 Sela to the wilderness,
To the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 For it shall be as a c wandering bird thrown out of the nest;
So shall be the daughters of Moab at the fords of the d Arnon.

3 "Take counsel, execute judgment;
Make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day;
Hide the outcasts,
Do not betray him who escapes.
4 Let My outcasts dwell with you, O Moab;
Be a shelter to them from the face of the 2 spoiler.
For the extortioner is at an end,
Devastation ceases,
The oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 In mercy e the throne will be established;
And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David,
f Judging and seeking justice and hastening g righteousness."

6 We have heard of the h pride of Moab -
He is very proud -
Of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath;
i But his 3 lies shall not be so.
7 Therefore Moab shall j wail for Moab;
Everyone shall wail.
For the foundations k of Kir Hareseth you shall mourn;
Surely they are stricken.

8 For l the fields of Heshbon languish,
And m the vine of Sibmah;
The lords of the nations have broken down its choice plants,
Which have reached to Jazer
And wandered through the wilderness.
Her branches are stretched out,
They are gone over the n sea.
9 Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah,
With the weeping of Jazer;
I will drench you with my tears,
o O Heshbon and Elealeh;
For 4 battle cries have fallen
Over your summer fruits and your harvest.
10 p Gladness is taken away,
And joy from the plentiful field;
In the vineyards there will be no singing,
Nor will there be shouting;
No treaders will tread out wine in the presses;
I have made their shouting cease.
11 Therefore q my 5 heart shall resound like a harp for Moab,
And my inner being for 6 Kir Heres.

12 And it shall come to pass,
When it is seen that Moab is weary on r the high place,
That he will come to his sanctuary to pray;
But he will not prevail.

13 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning Moab since that time. 14 But now the LORD has spoken, saying, "Within three years, s as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble."

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 3:4
    Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheepbreeder, and he regularly paid the king of Israel one hundred thousand lambs and the wool of one hundred thousand rams.
    Ezra 7:17
    Now therefore, be careful to buy with this money bulls, rams, and lambs, with their grain offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them on the altar of the house of your God in Jerusalem.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 14:7
    He killed ten thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt, and took Sela by war, and called its name Joktheel to this day.
    Isaiah 42:11
    Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, The villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, Let them shout from the top of the mountains.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:8
    Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.
  4. Cross References
    Numbers 21:13
    From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is g...
    Isaiah 9:7
    Of the increase of His government and peace The...
    Isaiah 32:1
    Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, And...
    Isaiah 55:4
    Indeed I have given him as a witness to the peo...
    Daniel 7:14
    Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a ...
    Micah 4:7
    I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast...
    Luke 1:33
    "And He will reign over the house of Jacob fore...
    Revelation 11:15
    Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were ...
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 72:2
    He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:7
    Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:29
    "We have heard the pride of Moab (He is exceedingly proud), Of his loftiness and arrogance and pride, And of the haughtiness of his heart."
    Amos 2:1
    Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
    Zephaniah 2:8
    I have heard the reproach of Moab, And the insults of the people of Ammon, With which they have reproached My people, And made arrogant threats against their borders.
    Zephaniah 2:10
    This they shall have for their pride, Because they have reproached and made arrogant threats Against the people of the LORD of hosts.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 28:15
    Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, It will not come to us, For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:20
    Moab is shamed, for he is broken down. Wail and cry! Tell it in Arnon, that Moab is plundered.
  11. Cross References
    2 Kings 3:25
    Then they destroyed the cities, and each man threw a stone on every good piece of land and filled it; and they stopped up all the springs of water and cut down all the good trees. But they left the stones of Kir Haraseth intact. However the slingers surrounded and attacked it.
    Jeremiah 48:31
    Therefore I will wail for Moab, And I will cry out for all Moab; I will mourn for the men of Kir Heres.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 24:7
    The new wine fails, the vine languishes, All the merry-hearted sigh.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 16:9
    Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah, With the weeping of Jazer; I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh; For battle cries have fallen Over your summer fruits and your harvest.
  14. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:32
    O vine of Sibmah! I will weep for you with the weeping of Jazer. Your plants have gone over the sea, They reach to the sea of Jazer. The plunderer has fallen on your summer fruit and your vintage.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 15:4
    Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out, Their voice shall be heard as far as Jahaz; Therefore the armed soldiers of Moab will cry out; His life will be burdensome to him.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 24:8
    The mirth of the tambourine ceases, The noise of the jubilant ends, The joy of the harp ceases.
    Jeremiah 48:33
    Joy and gladness are taken From the plentiful field And from the land of Moab; I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses; No one will tread with joyous shouting - Not joyous shouting!
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 15:5
    My heart will cry out for Moab; His fugitives shall flee to Zoar, Like a three-year-old heifer. For by the Ascent of Luhith They will go up with weeping; For in the way of Horonaim They will raise up a cry of destruction.
    Isaiah 63:15
    Look down from heaven, And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained?
    Jeremiah 48:36
    Therefore My heart shall wail like flutes for Moab, And like flutes My heart shall wail For the men of Kir Heres. Therefore the riches they have acquired have perished.
    Hosea 11:8
    How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.
    Philippians 2:1
    Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 15:2
    He has gone up to the temple and Dibon, To the high places to weep. Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba; On all their heads will be baldness, And every beard cut off.
  19. Cross References
    Job 7:1
    Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?
    Job 14:6
    Look away from him that he may rest, Till like a hired man he finishes his day.
    Isaiah 21:16
    For thus the LORD has said to me: "Within a year, according to the year of a hired man, all the glory of Kedar will fail.
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