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XLVIII. 1 Against Moab thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Woe unto Nebo ! for it is spoiled: Kiriathaim is confounded and taken: Misgab is confounded and dismayed. Howsoever Moab, an ancient enemy, though near in blood to Israel, may prosper for a time, after that both Israel and Judah are overthrown, yet he shall not escape the severe hand of God; woe therefore unto the chief cities of the Moabites; to Nebo, to Kirjath-jearim, and to Misgab, for they all shall be destroyed !

ŠLVIII. 2 There shall be no more praise of Moab : in Heshbon they have devised evil against it: come, and let us cut it off from being a nation, &c. The like ruin shall befal to the rest of their cities, to Heshbon and to Madmena: the Chaldees have resolved and threatened, to cut off Moab from being a nation.

XLVIII. 5 For in the going up of Luhith continual weeping shall go up; for in the going down of Horonain the enemies have heard a cry of destruction. In the mountains and vallies, shall be nothing but howling and desolation ; while the Moabites climb up the hill to the high-seated city of Lubith, and while they pass down to the plain of Horonaim: they shall not be able to contain themselves from lamentation, so as their very enemies shall hear their womanish and fearful ejulations.

XLVIII. 6 Flee, save your lives, and be like the heath in the wilderness. Away, and fee, if ye may, () ye Moabites: save your lives by a speedy fight, and get you into the wilderness, and live there, though ye be but like the shrubby heath, that hath a low and obscure being in the desert,

XLVIII. 7 And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together. And Chemosh, thy false god, unto whose aid thou hast trusted, shall go into captivity with thee; and his priests, and those idolatrous princes that worship him: ye shall all go together.

XLVIII. 10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceita fully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood. And now, () ye Chaldeans, bestir you in this slaughter: Jay about you, and spare none; it is God's revenge, which ye do now execute: cursed be ye, if ye slacken your hands, and keep back your sword from blood.

XLVIII. 11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity; therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed. While Israel was in continual exercise and correction, Moab bath a long time taken his ease; and hath been as a vessel of strong wine, that hath been long settled upon his lees, not at all racked

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or drawn out into another vessel ; so as he hath bis full vigour, and verdure of his long-continued pleasure and felicity still in him, without all diminution or change.

XLVIII. 12 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles. I will therefore send enemies upon Moab, which shall alter the case with him; which shall broach these their settled vessels, and draw them out into a grievous captivity, and break their cask in pieces.

XLVIII. 13 And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Beth-el their confidence. And Moab shall be ashamed of his god Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of their calves in Dan and Beth-el, wherein they vainly trusted.

XLVIII. 17 How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod! How is this strong and glorious nation, on whom we leaned, as the staff of our confidence, broken in pieces, &c.'

XLVIII. 18 Thou daughter thai dost inhabit Dibon, come dozn from thy glory, and sit in thirst ; for the spoiler of Moab shall come upon thee, and he shall destroy thy strong holds. And thou, O Dibon, the fair city of Moab, come down from thy glory, and take up with the lot of thy neighbours; thirst, distress, destruction,

XLVIII. 19 ( inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy; ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth, and say, What is done? And ye inhabitants of Aroer, who durst not trust to your walls, but are fled into the desert, run to the wayside, and ask of the still-fleeing passengers, even of the women that have escaped, what the Chaldees have done to your forsaken walls and houses.

XLVIII. 21 And judgment is come upon the plain country; upon Holon, and upon Jahazah, and upon Mephaath. And judgment is come upon all the parts of the land of Moab, both the mountainous tracts thereof and the plains; upon all the several cities that appertain thereunto, as upon Holon, Jabazab, Mephaath, &c. So verse 22, 23, 24.

XLVIII. 25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the LORD. The pride of Moab is cut off, and the strength of it is broken, saith the Lord.

XLVIII. 26 Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the LORD: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision. Lay deep and grievous afflictions upon him, o ye Chaldees: let him drink largely of your vengeance, for he lifted himself up against the Lord : let him be overfilled with sorrow and anguish, and be exposed to the scorn and derision of the world.

XLVIII. 27 For was not Israel a derision unto thee? was he found añong thieves ? for since thou spakest of him, thou skippedst for joy.

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For was not Israel a scorn and derision unto thee? yea, was he not causelessly so? for what had he offended thee? however guilty he were in his carriage to mewards, yet to thee he was inoffensive; notwithstanding thou insultedst in his fall, and joyedst in his miscarriage.

XLVIII. 28 Oye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock. O ye Moabites, run from your cities and defenced places, and hide yourselves in the holes of the rocks.

XLVIII. 30 I know his wrath, saith the LORD; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it. I know his great stomach and his proud brags, but it shall not be so with him, as he imagineth: his great words and presumptuous undertakings shall not carry it.

XLVIII. 32 0 vine of Sibmah, I will weep for thee with the weeping of Jazer: thy plants are gone over the sea, they reach even to the sea of Jazer. () thou city and region of Sibmah, famous for the excellency and fruitfulness of thy vines, I will weep for thy destruction, as I wept before for the vastation of Jazer thy neighbour: thy citizens are transplanted, and carried over the sea; they are carried down to be shipped at the port of Jazer.

XLVIII. 34 From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh.-As an heifer of three years old : for the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate. See Isaiah xv. verse 4, 5, 6.

XLVIII. 37 For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped: upon all the hands shall be cuttings, and upon ihe loins sackcloth. There shall be all the signs and effects of an extreme mourning, all over the coasts of Moab: every head shall be shaven, every beard clipt, every skin slashed, and every of their loins covered with sackcloth.

XLVIII. 38 There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops, &c. See Isaiah xv. verse 8.

XLVIII. 40 For thus saith the Lord; Behold, he shall fly as an cagke, and shall spread his wings over Moab... The Chaldean shall come swiftly upon him, as an eagle upon his prey, and shall spread his wings over Moab.

XLVIII. 43 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be upon thec, &c. See Isaiah xxiv. verse 17.

XLVIII. 45 They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force : but a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones. They, that Aed, thought they should find good shelter in the strong forts of Heshbon, but they shall be deceived; for, so far shall Heshbon be from being able to defend itself, that the de. struction, which shall begin there, shall reach unto all the utmost parts of the dominions of Moab, and shall light upon the head of

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those insolent undertakers that were the cause of these wars and tumults.

XLVIII. 46 The people of Chemosh perisheth. The people, that worshipped their false god Chemosh, perisheth.

XLIX. 1 Hath Israel no sons ? hath he no heir ? why then dotk their king inherit Gad, and his people dwell in his cities? Hath Israel no posterity at all to inherit his lands? How comes it then that the Ammonitish king takes upon him to inherit Gad, the possession of one of his tribes, and causeth his people to dwell in the cities of Israel ?

XLIX. 2 Then shall Israel be heir unto them that were his heirs, saith the LORD. Then shall Israel come to take possession of the land of the Ammonites, which had usurped the possessions of Israel.

XLIX. 3 Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is spoiled: cry, ye daugh ters of Rabbah. Howl, o Heshbon, the chief city of the Gadites, usurped by Ammon, for Ai, the neighbouring city, is spoiled ; and let Rabbah the great city of the Ammonites mourn.

XLIX. 4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the vallies, thy flowing val. · ley, O backsliding daughter? Wherefore dost thou glory in thy rich and fruitful vallies, O) thou proud and rebellious issue of Ammon?

XLIX. 7 Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts ; Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished from the prudent ! is their wisdom vanished ? Those of Teman, in the land of Idumea, had wont to be accounted wise men: what, is there no wisdom now left amongst them? hath their wit utterly failed them, that they cast not how to be freed from the danger of the Chaldeans?

XLIX. & Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dec dan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, &c. Let the inhabitants of Dedan, a city of Edom, flee; for I will bring upon them that calamity, which is justly owing to the sons of Esau, whom I have rejected.

XLIX. 10 I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself : his seed is spoiled. But I have wholly despoiled Edom, and have left him no hiding place: I have stripped him of all his forces; his seed is destroyed. - XLIX. 11 Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me. If thou have any orphans or any widows left, I will take order for them, saith the Lord; yea, I will take order that thou shalt have none left alive.

XLIX. 12 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished ? For thus saith the Lord; Behold, even my people the Jews, which, in comparison of thee, had no reason.to be put to these

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extremities of judgments, they have been plagued severely by my just hand; and shalt thou think to go unpunished ?

XLIX. 13 For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse ; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes. I have firmly and irrevocably decreed, that thy prime city, Bozrah, shall be perpetually desolated; and the daughter cities, that appertain to it, shall be laid waste for ever. :

XLIX. 14 I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an am. bassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle. I have certain and infallible revelation from the Lord, and sum. mons is gone out from him unto the Chaldeans and Assyrians to that purpose, that God will send a powerful and irresistible enemy against Edom: he calls together the dreadful forces of these great kings to set upon it.

XLIX. 160 thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill : though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the cagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD. () thou, that hast wont to brag of thy strong and impregnable forts and situation, that thy towers are high and invincible, know, that if thou shouldest build as high as the eagle makes his nest, I will bring thee down thence, saith the Lord.

XLIX. 19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong : but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me ? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me? Behold, the proud Edomite comes up against the Chaldean, like some fierce lion, that is driven by the swelling of the streams of Jordan to change his den, and to seek his prey in the mountains ; but I will suddenly make him to run away from that mighty enemy: and who is the man, whom I shall chuse out to be the leader of this great design? even Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon: I have thus decreed it, and who shall alter my determi. nations? Who will take upon him, either to direct or to oppose me?

XLIX. 20 Surely the least of the flock shall draw theni out. Surely the very meanest and basest of the Chaldean army shall discomfit and overthrow the proud inhabitants of Teman,

XLIX. 21 The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red sea. So great shall be the noise of the fall of those walls, and the shouts and shrieks of the people, as that it shall be heard very, far off, even as far as the Red Sea, which is very remote from it.

XLIX. 23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad : for they have heard eyil tidings : they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea ; it cannot be quiet, Concerning Damascus. . Antiochia and Arpad, cities of Syria, are dismayed and confounded; for they have heard the fearful ruos

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