Isaiah 15
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1  The burden of Moab. For in the night that Ar of Moab is laid waste, he is brought to ruin; for in the night that Kir of Moab is laid waste, he is brought to ruin.

א  מַשָּׂא מוֹאָב כִּי בְּלֵיל שֻׁדַּד עָר מוֹאָב נִדְמָה כִּי בְּלֵיל שֻׁדַּד קִיר מוֹאָב נִדְמָה.

2  He is gone up to Baith, and to Dibon, to the high places, to weep; upon Nebo, and upon Medeba, Moab howleth; on all their heads is baldness, every beard is shaven.

ב  עָלָה הַבַּיִת וְדִיבֹן הַבָּמוֹת לְבֶכִי עַל נְבוֹ וְעַל מֵידְבָא מוֹאָב יְיֵלִיל בְּכָל רֹאשָׁיו קָרְחָה כָּל זָקָן גְּרוּעָה.

3  In their streets they gird themselves with sackcloth; on their housetops, and in their broad places, every one howleth, weeping profusely.

ג  בְּחוּצֹתָיו חָגְרוּ שָׂק עַל גַּגּוֹתֶיהָ וּבִרְחֹבֹתֶיהָ כֻּלֹּה יְיֵלִיל יֹרֵד בַּבֶּכִי.

4  And Heshbon crieth out, and Elealeh; their voice is heard even unto Jahaz; therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud; his soul is faint within him.

ד  וַתִּזְעַק חֶשְׁבּוֹן וְאֶלְעָלֵה עַד יַהַץ נִשְׁמַע קוֹלָם עַל כֵּן חֲלֻצֵי מוֹאָב יָרִיעוּ נַפְשׁוֹ יָרְעָה לּוֹ.

5  My heart crieth out for Moab; her fugitives reach unto Zoar, a heifer of three years old; for by the ascent of Luhith with weeping they go up; for in the way of Horonaim they raise up a cry of destruction.

li-BEE l’-mo-AV yiz-AK b’-ree-KHE-ha ad TZO-ar eg-LAT sh’-li-shi-YAH kee ma-a-LAY ha-lu-KHEET biv-KHEE ya-a-LEH bo kee DE-rekh kho-ro-NA-yim za-a-KAT SHE-ver y’-o-AY-ru

ה  לִבִּי לְמוֹאָב יִזְעָק בְּרִיחֶהָ עַד צֹעַר עֶגְלַת שְׁלִשִׁיָּה כִּי מַעֲלֵה הַלּוּחִית בִּבְכִי יַעֲלֶה בּוֹ כִּי דֶּרֶךְ חוֹרֹנַיִם זַעֲקַת שֶׁבֶר יְעֹעֵרוּ.

15:5   My heart crieth out for Moab

Having taunted Babylon, Assryia, and the Philistines, Isaiah turns to Judah’s neighbor to its southeast, Moab. As the previous prophecies describe, the upcoming destruction and desolation of Moab will be total. What is noteworthy, however, is the prophet’s refusal to rejoice over Moab’s downfall. Though Moab is one of Israel’s ancient enemies, Isaiah cannot restrain himself from sympathizing over their plight. This is reminiscent of the verse in Proverbs (24:17) “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth.”

Comment

6  For the Waters of Nimrim shall be desolate; for the grass is withered away, the herbage faileth, there is no green thing.

ו  כִּי מֵי נִמְרִים מְשַׁמּוֹת יִהְיוּ כִּי יָבֵשׁ חָצִיר כָּלָה דֶשֶׁא יֶרֶק לֹא הָיָה.

7  Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.

ז  עַל כֵּן יִתְרָה עָשָׂה וּפְקֻדָּתָם עַל נַחַל הָעֲרָבִים יִשָּׂאוּם.

8  For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beer-elim.

ח  כִּי הִקִּיפָה הַזְּעָקָה אֶת גְּבוּל מוֹאָב עַד אֶגְלַיִם יִלְלָתָהּ וּבְאֵר אֵילִים יִלְלָתָהּ.

9  For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; for I will bring yet more upon Dimon, a lion upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

ט  כִּי מֵי דִימוֹן מָלְאוּ דָם כִּי אָשִׁית עַל דִּימוֹן נוֹסָפוֹת לִפְלֵיטַת מוֹאָב אַרְיֵה וְלִשְׁאֵרִית אֲדָמָה.

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Isaiah 15