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TitleIsaiah 16
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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Moab Seeks Refuge in Judah (16:1–5)



16 1Send lambs to the ruler of the land from the rock of the wilderness,
to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.

2And it will come to pass, that at the fords of Arnon the daughters of Moab
will be like a fleeing bird,
cast out of the nest.

3Bring forth counsel,
make a decision;

make your shadow
like night in the midst of noonday;

hide the refugees;
do not betray the fugitives.

4Let my Moabite refugees dwell with you;
be a hiding place to them from the destroyer.

When the oppressor comes to an end,
destruction ceases,
and the trampler is finished from the land;

5then the throne will be established with loving-kindness,
and one will sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David,

judging, and seeking justice,
and being quick to do righteousness.


Lament for Moab (16:6–14)


/People of Judah


6We have heard of the pride of Moab,
of his arrogance and his pride, [for he is very proud][1], and his rage, his lies [and all his evil works].

7Therefore Moab will wail for Moab;
all of it will wail.

For the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth will you mourn,
stricken with grief.

8For the fields of Heshbon wither,
the vines of Sibmah;

the lords of the nations have broken down its choice vines,
which reach as far as Jazer, and spread to the wilderness;

her shoots spread abroad,
passing across the sea.

The Lord? Isaiah?

9Therefore I weep, as Jazer weeps, for the vines of Sibmah;
I water you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh,

because over your summer fruits
and over your harvest—the shout has fallen.

10And rejoicing is taken away,
and joy from the fruitful field,

and no singing gladly in the vineyards,
no shout in jubilation.

No one treads wine in the wine presses;
I have caused the jubilant shout to cease.

11Therefore my bowels moan like a lyre for Moab
and my innermost being for Kir-haresh.

The Lord

12And it will come to pass,
when Moab appears at the high place, it will wear itself out;
when it comes to its temple to pray, it will be to no avail.


13This was the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past. 14But now the LORD has spoken, saying,

The Lord


“Within three years, as a hired worker considers them, the glory of Moab with its large population will be lightly esteemed, and the remnant will be very few and insignificant.”

[1] Bracketed words in verse 6 are taken from the JST.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 16:1