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Isaiah 15:5-8

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15:5 My heart cries out because of Moab’s plight, 1 

and for the fugitives 2  stretched out 3  as far as Zoar and Eglath Shelishiyah.

For they weep as they make their way up the ascent of Luhith;

they loudly lament their demise on the road to Horonaim. 4 

15:6 For the waters of Nimrim are gone; 5 

the grass is dried up,

the vegetation has disappeared,

and there are no plants.

15:7 For this reason what they have made and stored up,

they carry over the Stream of the Poplars.

15:8 Indeed, the cries of distress echo throughout Moabite territory;

their wailing can be heard in Eglaim and Beer Elim. 6 

1 tn Heb “for Moab.” For rhetorical purposes the speaker (the Lord?, see v. 9) plays the role of a mourner.

2 tn The vocalization of the Hebrew text suggests “the bars of her gates,” but the form should be repointed to yield, “her fugitives.” See HALOT 156-57 s.v. בָּרִחַ, and BDB 138 s.v. בָּרִיהַ.

3 tn The words “are stretched out” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

4 tn Heb “For the ascent of Luhith, with weeping they go up it; for [on] the road to Horonaim an outcry over shattering they raise up.”

5 tn Heb “are waste places”; cf. NRSV “are a desolation.”

6 tn Heb “to Eglaim [is] her wailing, and [to] Beer Elim [is] her wailing.”



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