For the fields of Heshbon have [a]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.
Therefore 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.
Gladness 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.
Therefore my [b]heart intones like a harp for Moab
And my [c]inward feelings for Kir-hareseth.
So 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.
This is the word which the Lord spoke earlier concerning Moab. But now the Lord speaks, saying, “Within three years, as [d]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 [e]impotent.”
- Isaiah 16:8 Or languished
- Isaiah 16:11 Lit entrails murmur
- Isaiah 16:11 Lit inward part
- Isaiah 16:14 Lit the years of a hireling
- Isaiah 16:14 Lit not mighty