Isaiah 15

1. The Conquest of Moad in the Night.
The town of Moab has been sacked and vanquished,
its walls have been breached in the night and broken.
2. They went up to the house* of Reivon, upon the highlands,
to cry over Nebu, and Medeba, Moah weeps,
every head is shorn and every beard cut off.
3. They wore sackcloth on their streets,
and on the rooftops and in the market place
everyone wailed and went down in their shirtsleeves.
4. Heshbon and Elealeh wail,
and their voice is heard all the way by Jahaz,
that is why the swordsmen of Moab cry out,
and their souls call out to him.
5. And my heart wails in its spirit over Moab
all the way up to the heights of Tultah,
for upon the ascent of Luhith they weep,
as they climb. On the road to Horonaim
they cry out, until their voices break.
6. For the waters of Nimrim have dried up,*
the land is parched and desolate,*
the heat is overwhelming,
and the grasses grow not.
7. That is why what is left is lost,
and their stores of the harvests
that they saved,* will be taken.
8. For the wailing has gone around the province of Moab,
all the way to Eglaim they cry out,
and to the outer regions of Elim they wail.
9. For the waters of Reivon are filled with blood,
for I have consecrated upon Reivon even more,
and I shall scatter those who are delivered from Moab.

*15:2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Origin of."
*15:6.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained: "For the waters that rise flood away."
*15:6.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Because that which is dry is inundated."
*15:7.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Passes."
*15:7.2 Lit, Ar. id.: "Earned."

Posted Feb. 7th, 2007

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