Isaiah 16:3
3“Give us advice, make a decision;
         Cast your shadow like night at high noon;
         Hide the outcasts, do not betray the fugitive.

4“Let the outcasts of Moab stay with you;
         Be a hiding place to them from the destroyer.”
         For the extortioner has come to an end, destruction has ceased,
         Oppressors have completely disappeared from the land.

5A throne will even be established in lovingkindness,
         And a judge will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David;
         Moreover, he will seek justice
         And be prompt in righteousness.

6We have heard of the pride of Moab, an excessive pride;
         Even of his arrogance, pride, and fury;
         His idle boasts are false.

7Therefore Moab will wail; everyone of Moab will wail.
         You will moan for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth
         As those who are utterly stricken.

8For the fields of Heshbon have withered, the vines of Sibmah as well;
         The lords of the nations have trampled down its choice clusters
         Which reached as far as Jazer and wandered to the deserts;
         Its tendrils spread themselves out and passed over the sea.

9Therefore I will weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vine of Sibmah;
         I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;
         For the shouting over your summer fruits and your harvest has fallen away.

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.

      13This is the word which the LORD spoke earlier concerning Moab. 14But now the LORD speaks, saying, “Within three years, as a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent.”

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American Standard Version
Give counsel, execute justice; make thy shade as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not the fugitive.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take counsel, gather a council: make thy shadow as the night in the midday: hide them that flee, and betray not them that wander about.

Darby Bible Translation
Bring in counsel, execute justice; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of noonday; hide the outcasts, discover not the fugitive.

English Revised Version
Give counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday: hide the outcasts; bewray not the wanderer.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noon-day; hide the outcasts; discover not him that wandereth.

World English Bible
Give counsel! Execute justice! Make your shade like the night in the midst of the noonday! Hide the outcasts! Don't betray the fugitive!

Young's Literal Translation
Bring ye in counsel, do judgment, Make as night thy shadow in the midst of noon, Hide outcasts, the wanderer reveal not.
CHAPTERS I-XXXIX Isaiah is the most regal of the prophets. His words and thoughts are those of a man whose eyes had seen the King, vi. 5. The times in which he lived were big with political problems, which he met as a statesman who saw the large meaning of events, and as a prophet who read a divine purpose in history. Unlike his younger contemporary Micah, he was, in all probability, an aristocrat; and during his long ministry (740-701 B.C., possibly, but not probably later) he bore testimony, as
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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