16 tSend the lamb to the ruler of the land,
from uSela, by way of the desert,
to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
like a scattered nest,
so are the daughters of Moab
at vthe fords of the Arnon.
wmake your shade like night
at the height of noon;
shelter the outcasts;
do not reveal the fugitive;
4 let xthe outcasts of Moab
sojourn among you;
be a shelter to them1
from the destroyer.
When the oppressor is no more,
and destruction has ceased,
and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
5 ythen 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.”
6 zWe have heard of the pride of Moab—
how proud he is!—
aof his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;
in his idle boasting he is not right.
blet everyone wail.
Mourn, utterly stricken,
and ethe 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.
for the vine of Sibmah;
I drench you with my tears,
O Heshbon and Elealeh;
for over gyour summer fruit and your harvest
the shout has ceased.
and in the vineyards no jsongs are sung,
no cheers are raised;
I have put an end to the shouting.
11 Therefore mmy inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,
and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.
13 This is the word that the Lord spoke concerning Moab pin the past. 14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “In three years, qlike 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 rvery few and feeble.”