Isaiah 16:11
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New International Version
My heart laments for Moab like a harp, my inmost being for Kir Hareseth.

New Living Translation
My heart's cry for Moab is like a lament on a harp. I am filled with anguish for Kir-hareseth.

English Standard Version
Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab, and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore my heart intones like a harp for Moab And my inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.

King James Bible
Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I moan like the sound of a lyre for Moab, as does my innermost being for Kir-heres.

International Standard Version
Therefore my insides moan like a lyre for Moab, and my innermost being for Kir-hareseth.

NET Bible
So my heart constantly sighs for Moab, like the strumming of a harp, my inner being sighs for Kir Hareseth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why my heart mourns for Moab like a harp. My soul mourns for Kir Hareseth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab and my inward parts for Kirharesh.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore my heart shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my inner being for Kirheres.

American King James Version
Why my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kirharesh.

American Standard Version
Wherefore my heart soundeth like a harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-heres.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for the brick wall.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore my bowels sound like a harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirheres.

English Revised Version
Wherefore my bowels sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-heres.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kir-haresh.

World English Bible
Therefore my heart sounds like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kir Heres.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore my bowels for Moab as a harp do sound, And mine inward parts for Kir-Haresh.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:6-14 Those who will not be counselled, cannot be helped. More souls are ruined by pride than by any other sin whatever. Also, the very proud are commonly very passionate. With lies many seek to gain the gratification of pride and passion, but they shall not compass proud and angry projects. Moab was famous for fields and vineyards; but they shall be laid waste by the invading army. God can soon turn laughter into mourning, and joy into heaviness. In God let us always rejoice with holy triumph; in earthly things let us always rejoice with holy trembling. The prophet looks with concern on the desolations of such a pleasant country; it causes inward grief. The false gods of Moab are unable to help; and the God of Israel, the only true God, can and will make good what he has spoken. Let Moab know her ruin is very near, and prepare. The most awful declarations of Divine wrath, discover the way of escape to those who take warning. There is no escape, but by submission to the Son of David, and devoting ourselves to him. And, at length, when the appointed time comes, all the glory, prosperity, and multitude of the wicked shall perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - My bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab; i.e. they shall vibrate with thrills of grief (Kay).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab,.... Making a noise as the harp does, and a mournful one as that, when used at funerals; which it makes when it is stricken or played on with the hand, as these were, through the afflictive and punitive hand of God; and which, when stricken, causes a quavering of the strings, to which the inward trembling of the bowels is compared, and is very expressive of the prophet's sympathy, or those he personates; for, when one string of the harp is touched, the rest sound. For these words, as Kimchi says, are spoken in the language of the Moabites; those that survived lamenting the desolate state of their country, which must be very great and affecting; and to show that it was so is the design of the prophet's expressing himself after this manner; for if it was painful to him, it must be much more so to them; so the Targum,

"wherefore the bowels of the Moabites shall sound as a harp;''

of the sounding of the bowels, see Isaiah 63:15,

and mine inward parts for Kirharesh: the same with Kirhareseth, Isaiah 16:7 which being a principal city, the destruction of it was greatly laid to heart. The Targum is,

"and their heart shall grieve for the men of the city of their strength;''

it being a strong city, in which they placed their confidence; but being destroyed, and the inhabitants of it, it was very affecting, to which agrees Jeremiah 48:31.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. bowels—in Scripture the seat of yearning compassion. It means the inward seat of emotion, the heart, &c. (Isa 63:15; compare Isa 15:5; Jer 48:36).

sound … harp—as its strings vibrate when beaten with the plectrum or hand.

Isaiah 16:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Prophecy of Moab's Devastation
10Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field; In the vineyards also there will be no cries of joy or jubilant shouting, No treader treads out wine in the presses, For I have made the shouting to cease. 11Therefore my heart intones like a harp for Moab And my inward feelings for Kir-hareseth. 12So it will come about when Moab presents himself, When he wearies himself upon his high place And comes to his sanctuary to pray, That he will not prevail.…
Cross References
Philippians 2:1
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,

Isaiah 15:5
My heart cries out over Moab; her fugitives flee as far as Zoar, as far as Eglath Shelishiyah. They go up the hill to Luhith, weeping as they go; on the road to Horonaim they lament their destruction.

Isaiah 21:3
At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.

Isaiah 63:15
Look down from heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.

Jeremiah 4:19
Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry.

Jeremiah 48:31
Therefore I wail over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.

Jeremiah 48:36
"So my heart laments for Moab like the music of a pipe; it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they acquired is gone.

Lamentations 1:20
"See, LORD, how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death.

Hosea 11:8
"How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.
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Isaiah 15:5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee to Zoar, …

Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of your holiness …

Jeremiah 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Jeremiah 48:36 Therefore my heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and my heart …

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

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Isaiah 16:7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the …

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