CHAPTER 2 Moab 2 1Thus says the LORD: For three crimes of Moab, and now four— I will not take it back— Because he burned to ashes[K] the bones of Edom’s king, 2I will send fire upon Moab, and it will devour the strongholds of Kerioth; Moab shall meet death amid uproar, battle cries and blasts of the ram’s horn. 3I will cut off the ruler from its midst, and all the princes I will slay with him, says the LORD. Judah 4[L] Thus says the LORD: For three crimes of Judah, and now four— I will not take it back— Because they spurned the instruction of the LORD, and did not keep his statutes; Because the lies[M] which their ancestors followed have led them astray, 5I will send fire upon Judah, and it will devour the strongholds of Jerusalem. Israel 6Thus says the LORD: For three crimes of Israel,[N] and now four— I will not take it back— Because they hand over the just for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; 7They trample the heads of the destitute into the dust of the earth, and force the lowly out of the way. Son and father sleep with the same girl,[O] profaning my holy name. 8Upon garments taken in pledge they recline beside any altar.[P] Wine at treasury expense they drink in their temples. 9Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them, who were as tall as cedars, and as strong as oak trees. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots beneath. 10It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt, and who led you through the desert for forty years, to occupy the land of the Amorites; 11I who raised up prophets among your children, and nazirites[Q] among your young men. Is this not so, Israelites?— oracle of the LORD. 12But you made the nazirites drink wine, and commanded the prophets, “Do not prophesy!” 13Look, I am groaning beneath you, as a wagon groans when laden with sheaves. 14Flight shall elude the swift, and the strong shall not retain strength; The warrior shall not save his life, 15nor shall the archer stand his ground; The swift of foot shall not escape, nor shall the horseman save his life. 16And the most stouthearted of warriors shall flee naked on that day— oracle of the LORD.
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