Judgment on Moab 2 1The LORD said: I will punish Moab for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They made lime from the bones[V] of the king of Edom. 2Now I will send fire to destroy the fortresses of Kerioth.[W] Battle shouts and trumpet blasts will be heard as I destroy Moab 3with its king and leaders. I, the LORD, have spoken! Judgment on Judah 4The LORD said: I will punish Judah for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They have rejected my teachings and refused to obey me. They were led astray by the same false gods their ancestors worshiped. 5Now I will send fire on Judah and destroy the fortresses of Jerusalem. Judgment on Israel 6The LORD said: I will punish Israel for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They sell honest people for money, and the needy are sold for the price of sandals. 7They smear the poor in the dirt and push aside those who are helpless. My holy name is dishonored, because fathers and sons sleep with the same young women. 8They lie down beside altars on clothes taken as security for loans. And they drink wine in my temple, wine bought with the money they received from fines. 9 Israel, the Amorites[X] were there when you entered Canaan. They were tall as cedars and strong as oaks. But I wiped them out— I destroyed their branches and their roots. 10I had rescued you from Egypt, and for forty years I had led you through the desert. Then I gave you the land of the Amorites. 11 I chose some of you to be prophets and others to be Nazirites. [Y] People of Israel, you know this is true. I, the LORD, have spoken! 12But you commanded the prophets not to speak their message, and you pressured the Nazirites into drinking wine. 13And so I will crush you, just as a wagon full of grain crushes the ground.[Z] 14No matter how fast you run, you won't escape. No matter how strong you are, you will lose your strength and your life. 15Even if you are an expert with a bow and arrow, you will retreat. And you won't get away alive, not even if you run fast or ride a horse. 16You may be brave and strong, but you will run away, stripped naked. I, the LORD, have spoken!
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