- Oracle on Moab: Laid waste in a night, Ar of Moab is destroyed; Laid waste in a night, Kir of Moab is destroyed.
- 1 Up goes daughter Dibon to the high places to weep; Over Nebo and over Medeba Moab wails. Every head is shaved, every beard sheared off.
- In the streets they wear sackcloth, lamenting and weeping; On the rooftops and in the squares everyone wails.
- Heshbon and Elealeh cry out, they are heard as far as Jahaz. At this the loins of Moab tremble, his soul quivers within him;
- The heart of Moab cries out, his fugitives reach Zoar (Eglath-shelishiyah). The ascent of Luhith they climb weeping; On the way to Horonaim they utter rending cries.
- The waters of Nimrim have become a waste; The grass is withered, new growth is gone, nothing is green.
- So now whatever they have acquired or stored away they carry across the Gorge of the Poplars,
- For the cry has gone round the land of Moab; As far as Eglaim the wailing, and to Beer-elim, the wail.
- 2 The waters of Dimon are filled with blood, but I will bring still more upon Dimon: Lions for those who are fleeing from Moab and for those who remain in the land!
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Footnotes1 Every head . . . sheared off: traditional signs of grief.
2 There is in the Hebrew a play on words: Dimon and dam, the latter signifying "blood."
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