Isaiah 15:5
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5  My heart cries out for Moab— His fugitives flee down to Zoar, To Eglath-shelishiyah. For the ascent of Luhith They ascend with weeping; On the road to Horonaim They raise a cry of anguish.

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 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.”

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  • Though Moab was a product of incest, he was still Lot’s son and, therefore, a distant relative. (Thank you for referencing the verse in Proverbs—quite apropos, considering that this wing of the family had made itself an enemy of Judah.)

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