They will answer, 'Moab is disgraced; it is defeated. Shout loudly, and cry. Tell the news in Arnon that Moab is destroyed.'
21"Judgment has come to all the cities on the plain: to Holon, Jahzah, Mephaath, 22Dibon, Nebo, Beth Diblathaim, 23Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul, Beth Meon, 24Kerioth, Bozrah, and on all the cities of Moab, far and near. 25"Moab's horn is cut off, and its arm is broken," declares the LORD. 26"Get the people of Moab drunk; they have spoken against the LORD. They will wallow in their own vomit, and people will laugh at them. 27People of Moab, didn't you laugh at the people of Israel? Were they caught among thieves? Whenever you talk about them you shake your heads in contempt.
28People of Moab, abandon your cities. Live among the cliffs. Be like doves that make their nests at the entrance of a cave.
29"We have heard about the arrogance of Moab's people. They are very arrogant. They are very arrogant, conceited, and boastful.
30I know how arrogant they are," declares the LORD, "but it isn't right. They brag and don't do what they say.
31That is why I will weep for Moab and cry for all of Moab. I will moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.
32I will cry for you as Jazer cries. I will cry for you, grapevines of Sibmah. Your branches [once] spread as far as the sea, and they reached as far as the sea of Jazer. The destroyer will destroy your ripened fruits and your grapes.
33Joy and gladness have disappeared from the orchards and fields of Moab. I will stop the wine flowing from the winepresses. No one will stomp on grapes with shouts of joy. There will be shouts, but not shouts of joy.
34"The cry will be heard from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz. It will be heard from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah. Even the streams of Nimrim will dry up. 35I will stop those in Moab who come to worship sites, those who bring offerings to their gods," declares the LORD.
36"That is why I moan for Moab like a flute. I sound like a flute for the people of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they gained has disappeared. 37"Every head is shaved, and every beard is cut off. There are gashes on every hand and sackcloth on every waist. 38People in Moab will mourn on every rooftop and in every street. There will be mourning everywhere, because I will break Moab like a jar that no one wants," declares the LORD. 39"They will cry, 'Look how Moab is defeated! Moab turns away in shame!' Moab has become something ridiculed and something held in contempt by everyone around it.
40"This is what the LORD says: The enemy will swoop down like eagles and spread their wings over Moab.
41The cities will be taken, and the fortified places will be captured. On that day Moab's soldiers will be like women in childbirth.
42Moab will be destroyed as a nation, because it spoke against the LORD.
43Disasters, pits, and traps are in store for those who live in Moab," declares the LORD.
44"Whoever flees from a disaster will fall into a pit. Whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a trap. I will bring a year of punishment to Moab," declares the LORD.
45"Those who flee will stand exhausted in the shadow of Heshbon. A fire will come out of Heshbon and a flame from Sihon. It will burn the foreheads of the people of Moab and the skulls of those noisy people.
46How horrible it will be for you, Moab. You people of Chemosh will die. Your sons will be taken away into exile, and your daughters will be taken away into captivity.
47But I will restore Moab in the last days," declares the LORD. The judgment against Moab ends here.