Jeremiah 48:17
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New International Version
Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame; say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter, how broken the glorious staff!'

New Living Translation
You friends of Moab, weep for him and cry! See how the strong scepter is broken, how the beautiful staff is shattered!

English Standard Version
Grieve for him, all you who are around him, and all who know his name; say, ‘How the mighty scepter is broken, the glorious staff.’

New American Standard Bible
"Mourn for him, all you who live around him, Even all of you who know his name; Say, 'How has the mighty scepter been broken, A staff of splendor!'

King James Bible
All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Mourn for him, all you surrounding nations, everyone who knows his name. Say: How the mighty scepter is shattered, the glorious staff!

International Standard Version
Mourn for him, all who live around him, and all who know his name. Say, 'Oh how the mighty rod is broken, the glorious staff.'

NET Bible
Mourn for that nation, all you nations living around it, all of you nations that know of its fame. Mourn and say, 'Alas, its powerful influence has been broken! Its glory and power have been done away!'

New Heart English Bible
All you who are around him, bemoan him, and all you who know his name; say, "How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mourn over it, all of its neighbors and everyone who knows its fame. Say, 'Look at the strong staff, the beautiful rod, that is broken!'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Bemoan him, all ye that are round about him, And all ye that know his name; Say: 'How is the strong staff broken, The beautiful rod!'

New American Standard 1977
“Mourn for him, all you who live around him,
            Even all of you who know his name;
            Say, ‘How has the mighty scepter been broken,
            A staff of splendor!’

Jubilee Bible 2000
All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken: the beautiful rod!

King James 2000 Bible
All you that are about him, bemoan him; and all you that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod!

American King James Version
All you that are about him, bemoan him; and all you that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!

American Standard Version
All ye that are round about him, bemoan him, and all ye that know his name; say, How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Comfort him, all you that are round about him, and all you that know his name, say: How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod?

Darby Bible Translation
All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod!

English Revised Version
All ye that are round about him, bemoan him, and all ye that know his name; say, How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod!

Webster's Bible Translation
All ye that are about him bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!

World English Bible
All you who are around him, bemoan him, and all you who know his name; say, How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod!

Young's Literal Translation
Bemoan for him, all ye round about him, And all knowing his name, say ye: How hath it been broken, the staff of strength, The rod of beauty.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Moab
16"The disaster of Moab will soon come, And his calamity has swiftly hastened. 17"Mourn for him, all you who live around him, Even all of you who know his name; Say, 'How has the mighty scepter been broken, A staff of splendor!' 18"Come down from your glory And sit on the parched ground, O daughter dwelling in Dibon, For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you, He has ruined your strongholds.…
Cross References
Psalm 110:2
The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of Your enemies."

Isaiah 9:4
For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.

Isaiah 14:5
"The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers
Treasury of Scripture

All you that are about him, bemoan him; and all you that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!

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Jeremiah 48:31-33 Therefore will I howl for Moab, and I will cry out for all Moab; …

Jeremiah 9:17-20 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning …

Revelation 18:14-20 And the fruits that your soul lusted after are departed from you, …

How

Jeremiah 48:39 They shall howl, saying…

Isaiah 9:4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his …

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.

Isaiah 14:4,5 That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, …

Ezekiel 19:11-14 And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bore rule, …

Zechariah 11:10-14 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might …

Verses 17-25. - How lamentable that such a glorious sceptre should be broken! But there is no remedy. Even Dibon, that highly honoured town, is disgraced. There is no hiding the sad fate of the Moabites; the crowds of fugitives sufficiently proclaim it. Judgment has been passed upon all the cities of Moab, a long roll of whose names is recited. Verse 17. - All ye that are about him; i.e. the neighbouring nations (setup. on Jeremiah 46:14). The invitation to condolence is not ironical, but in the deepest spirit of human sympathy, as in the parallel prophecy in Isaiah (see on Isaiah 15:5). The strong staff; i.e. the sceptre as an image of royal authority (comp. Ezekiel 19:11-14). Rod; as in Psalm 110:2. All ye that are about him, bemoan him,.... The neighbouring nations, such as the Ammonites, and others, are called upon to condole the sad case of Moab; all upon the borders of the country of Moab, either within them or without them:

and all ye that know his name; not only that had heard of his fame and glory, but knew in what grandeur and splendour he lived; these have a form of condolence given them:

say, how is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod! the mighty men of war, the staff of the nation, in which they trusted, destroyed; their fortified cities demolished; the powerful kingdom, which swayed the sceptre, and ruled in great glory, and was terrible and troublesome to others, now pulled down. The Targum is,

"how is the king broken that did evil, the oppressing ruler!'' 17. bemoan—Not that Moab deserves pity, but this mode of expression pictures more vividly the grievousness of Moab's calamities.

all ye that know his name—those at a greater distance whom the fame of Moab's "name" had reached, as distinguished from those "about him," that is, near.

strong staff … rod—Moab is so called as striking terror into and oppressing other peoples (Isa 9:4; 14:4, 5); also because of its dignity and power (Ps 110:2; Zec 11:7).48:14-47. The destruction of Moab is further prophesied, to awaken them by national repentance and reformation to prevent the trouble, or by a personal repentance and reformation to prepare for it. In reading this long roll of threatenings, and mediating on the terror, it will be of more use to us to keep in view the power of God's anger and the terror of his judgments, and to have our hearts possessed with a holy awe of God and of his wrath, than to search into all the figures and expressions here used. Yet it is not perpetual destruction. The chapter ends with a promise of their return out of captivity in the latter days. Even with Moabites God will not contend for ever, nor be always wroth. The Jews refer it to the days of the Messiah; then the captives of the Gentiles, under the yoke of sin and Satan, shall be brought back by Divine grace, which shall make them free indeed.
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