18:22 Let cries of terror be heard in their houses
when you send bands of raiders unexpectedly to plunder them. 1
For they have virtually dug a pit to capture me
and have hidden traps for me to step into.
for the people who live in Moab. 3
I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
48:44 Anyone who flees at the sound of terror
will fall into a pit.
Anyone who climbs out of the pit
will be caught in a trap. 5
For the time is coming
when I will punish the people of Moab. 6
I, the Lord, affirm it! 7
2 sn There is an extended use of assonance here and in the parallel passage in Isa 24:17. The Hebrew text reads פַּחַד וָפַחַת וָפָח (pakhad vafakhat vafakh). The assonance is intended to underscore the extensive trouble that is in store for them.
3 tn Heb “are upon you, inhabitant of Moab.” This is another example of the rapid switch in person or direct address (apostrophe) in the midst of a third person description or prediction which the present translation typically keeps in the third person for smoother English style.
4 tn Heb “Oracle of the
6 tn Heb “For I will bring upon her, even upon Moab, the year of her punishment.”
7 tn Heb “Oracle of the