Jeremiah 48:9
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New International Version
Put salt on Moab, for she will be laid waste; her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.

New Living Translation
Oh, that Moab had wings so she could fly away, for her towns will be left empty, with no one living in them.

English Standard Version
“Give wings to Moab, for she would fly away; her cities shall become a desolation, with no inhabitant in them.

New American Standard Bible
"Give wings to Moab, For she will flee away; And her cities will become a desolation, Without inhabitants in them.

King James Bible
Give wings unto Moab, that it may flee and get away: for the cities thereof shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Make Moab a salt marsh, for she will run away; her towns will become a desolation, without inhabitant.

International Standard Version
"Put salt on Moab for she will surely fall. Her towns will become desolate places, without any inhabitants in them.

NET Bible
Set up a gravestone for Moab, for it will certainly be laid in ruins! Its cities will be laid waste and become uninhabited."

New Heart English Bible
Give wings to Moab, that she may fly and get her away: and her cities shall become a desolation, without any to dwell therein.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Put salt on Moab. It will be destroyed. Its cities will become deserted ruins.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give wings unto Moab, For she must fly and get away; And her cities shall become a desolation, Without any to dwell therein.

New American Standard 1977
“Give wings to Moab,
            For she will flee away;
            And her cities will become a desolation,
            Without inhabitants in them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give wings {Heb. open flowers} unto Moab that he may flee and get away, for his cities shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein.

King James 2000 Bible
Give wings unto Moab, that it may flee and get away: for its cities shall be desolate, without any to dwell in them.

American King James Version
Give wings to Moab, that it may flee and get away: for the cities thereof shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein.

American Standard Version
Give wings unto Moab, that she may fly and get her away: and her cities shall become a desolation, without any to dwell therein.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give a flower to Moab, for in its flower it shall go out: and the cities thereof shall be desolate, and uninhabited.

Darby Bible Translation
Give wings unto Moab, that she may flee and get away; and the cities thereof shall become a desolation, without inhabitant.

English Revised Version
Give wings unto Moab, that she may fly and get her away: and her cities shall become a desolation, without any to dwell therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
Give wings to Moab, that it may flee and get away: for its cities shall be desolate, without any to dwell in them.

World English Bible
Give wings to Moab, that she may fly and get her away: and her cities shall become a desolation, without any to dwell therein.

Young's Literal Translation
Give wings to Moab, for she utterly goeth out, And her cities are for a desolation, Without an inhabitant in them.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Moab
8"A destroyer will come to every city, So that no city will escape; The valley also will be ruined And the plateau will be destroyed, As the LORD has said. 9"Give wings to Moab, For she will flee away; And her cities will become a desolation, Without inhabitants in them. 10"Cursed be the one who does the LORD'S work negligently, And cursed be the one who restrains his sword from blood.…
Cross References
Psalm 11:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. In the LORD I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain;

Isaiah 16:2
Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings, The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.

Jeremiah 44:22
"So the LORD was no longer able to endure it, because of the evil of your deeds, because of the abominations which you have committed; thus your land has become a ruin, an object of horror and a curse, without an inhabitant, as it is this day.

Jeremiah 48:28
"Leave the cities and dwell among the crags, O inhabitants of Moab, And be like a dove that nests Beyond the mouth of the chasm.
Treasury of Scripture

Give wings to Moab, that it may flee and get away: for the cities thereof shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein.

wings

Jeremiah 48:28 O you that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock…

Psalm 11:1 In the LORD put I my trust: how say you to my soul, Flee as a bird …

Psalm 55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly …

Isaiah 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, …

Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she …

the cities

Jeremiah 46:19 O you daughter dwelling in Egypt, furnish yourself to go into captivity: …

Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely …

(9) Give wings unto Moab . . .--"No other prayer," the prophet seems to say, in grave, stern irony, "is left but this. Resistance is hopeless. There is nothing left but to wish for the wings of a bird that safety may be found in flight." (Comp. Ps. Iv. 6.)

Verses 9-16. - So sudden is the blow that Moab stands in need of wings to make good his escape. Were the human instrument to delay, the curse meant for Moab would come upon himself. Is a reason demanded? It is that Moab has long been in a state of morally perilous security, and requires to be thoroughly shaken and aroused, in order that he may discover the inability of Chemosh to help his worshippers. Verse 9. - Give wings, etc. Comp. ver. 28; also Isaiah 16:2, where the fugitive Moabites are likened to "wandering birds." Give wings unto Moab that it may flee and get away,.... That is, give wings to the inhabitants of Moab; signifying that they were in great danger, and there was no probability of escaping it, unless they had the wings of a swift bird, or were as swift as such, and even that would not do; though perhaps their fleeing, and passing away with wings, may signify not their fleeing from danger, and their attempt to escape; but their swift and sudden destruction, compared to the swift flight of a bird; for the last clause may be rendered, "for in flying it shall fly away" (o). Some render the first clause, "give a flower to Moab", as the Vulgate Latin version; and so the word sometimes signifies, Isaiah 40:7; and the sense may be, hold up a flower to Moab, or a feather, such as is light, as the down of a thistle, as an emblem of its destruction; which shall pass away as easily and swiftly as so light a thing before the wind; but Jarchi and Kimchi interpret the word as we do, a wing. The Targum is,

"take away the crown from Moab, for going it shall go away into captivity.''

The word is used of the plate of gold on the high priest's mitre, Exodus 28:36;

for the cities thereof shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein; which expresses the utter destruction of them.

(o) "quia volando volabit", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus; "quia avolando avolabit", Schmidt; "nam avolabit", Piscator. 9. Give wings, etc.—(Ps 55:6). Unless it get wings, it cannot escape the foe. "Wings," the Hebrew root meaning is a "flower" (Job 14:2); so the flower-like plumage of a bird.48:1-13. The Chaldeans are to destroy the Moabites. We should be thankful that we are required to seek the salvation of men's lives, and the salvation of their souls, not to shed their blood; but we shall be the more without excuse if we do this pleasant work deceitfully. The cities shall be laid in ruins, and the country shall be wasted. There will be great sorrow. There will be great hurry. If any could give wings to sinners, still they could not fly out of the reach of Divine indignation. There are many who persist in unrepented iniquity, yet long enjoy outward prosperity. They had been long corrupt and unreformed, secure and sensual in prosperity. They have no changes of their peace and prosperity, therefore their hearts and lives are unchanged, Ps 55:19.
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