1. "And against the rest of the earth,
I shall send for* the ruler* of the earth,
from the Rock of Moab to the mountain of Zion's daughter.
2. "And he shall be like the bird that moves his nest,
and the Daughters of Moab shall be
like the abandoned [women]
at the crossing of Arnun.
3. "Provide counsel and [show] concern,
and consecrate your shadows
like the night in the middle of the day;*
hide the lost and reveal not the scattered.
4. "There shall reside in you the scattered of Moab;
they shall have shelter from* the plunderers,
because the terrorist shall shrink
and the plunderer shall be delivered,
and the trampler shall be removed* from the earth.
5. "And he* shall establish the throne* through grace*
and he shall sit upon it in earnest in the House of David --
a judge and a pursuer of justice
and a hastener of righteousness.
6. "We heard of Moab's magnificence,
a magnificence that is truly extravagant,*
[together with] his pomp and hospitality,*
[it was not for nothing] that his fortunetellers took such care in examining.
7. "Because of that Moab wails,
and over all of Moab he wails,
over the crumbling walls that they attacked,
they cry out like sick [men.]
8. "Because the fields of Heshbon were ruined;
the vines of Sibmah, where the warriors of the nations gathered,
were abandoned, and they reached [all the way] to Jazer,
and its roots were lost in the wilderness;
[however,] they survived and crossed the sea.
9. "Because of that the vine of Sibmah shall weep with the weeping of Jazer;
you shall be drunk by your tears, O Heshbon, and O Elealeh,
because upon your harvest and upon your clusters you shall be trampled.*
10. "Then* happiness and joy shall pass from Carmel,*
and [none] shall be happy in Carmel,
and they shall not press wine in the winepress,
and the treader shall not tread,
because the treader himself shall be retired."
11. "This is why they press Moab,
she speaks like a harp,
and they beg upon the besieged wall.
12. "And whoever sees Moab pleading from the top,
[they try to] bring him to the sanctuary to pray,
but he cannot be found."
13. This is the oracle that Maryah* spoke regarding Moab, until now.
14. And now Maryah* shall speak and say,
"In three years, like the years of the hired [hand,]
the honor of Moab shall be reduced over the multitude of his nation,
and a small remnant shall remain and they shall not increase."
*Chapter 16. NB! Resumed translation after completing chapters 40 to 66, having jumped from chapter 15 to chapter 40. (Resumed Oct. 27, 2011) *16:1.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "After," or "to the son of."
*16:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Authority."
*16:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "In the afternoon."
*16:4.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "From before."
*16:4.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reduced," or "cured."
*16:5.1 NB! Grammatically, this "he" can only be a reference to "the ruler of the earth" mentioned in verse 1.
*16:5.2 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Seat."
*16:5.3 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Goodness."
*16:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Luxuriantly lavished."
*16:6.2 NB! Play on: "highlands and sea ports."
*16:9 Lit. Ar. id.: "The trampling shall fall."
*16:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*16:10.2 Lit. Aramaic: "Charmalah," or "Small Vineyard."
*16:13 Lit. Aramaic retained: "The Lord." Reference is to Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.
*16:14 Lit. Aramaic retained: "The Lord." Reference is to Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.
Posted Nov. 26, 2011
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