3 In its streets, they are girt with sackcloth; On its roofs, in its squares, Everyone is wailing, Streaming with tears.
ג בְּחוּצֹתָיו חָגְרוּ שָׂק עַל גַּגּוֹתֶיהָ וּבִרְחֹבֹתֶיהָ כֻּלֹּה יְיֵלִיל יֹרֵד בַּבֶּכִי׃
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
15:5 My heart cries out for Moab
Having taunted Babylon, Assyria, and the Philistines, Yeshayahu now turns to Yehuda’s southeastern neighbor, 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, Yeshayahu cannot restrain himself from sympathizing over their plight. This is reminiscent of the verse in Proverbs (24:17) “If your enemy falls, do not exult; If he trips, let your heart not rejoice.”2 comments
6 Ah, the waters of Nimrim Are become a desolation; The grass is sear, The herbage is gone, Vegetation is vanished.
7 Therefore, The gains they have made, and their stores, They carry to the Wadi of Willows.
ז עַל־כֵּן יִתְרָה עָשָׂה וּפְקֻדָּתָם עַל נַחַל הָעֲרָבִים יִשָּׂאוּם׃