48:15 Moab will be destroyed. Its towns will be invaded.
Its finest young men will be slaughtered. 1
48:16 Moab’s destruction is at hand.
Disaster will come on it quickly.
48:17 Mourn for that nation, all you nations living around it,
all of you nations that know of its fame. 4
Mourn and say, ‘Alas, its powerful influence has been broken!
Its glory and power have been done away!’ 5
1 tn Heb “will go down to the slaughter.”
sn This refers to both the nearby nations and those who lived further away who had heard of Moab’s power and might only by repute.
5 tn Heb “How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod.” “How” introduces a lament which is here rendered by “Alas.” The staff and rod refer to the support that Moab gave to others not to the fact that she ruled over others which was never the case. According to BDB 739 s.v. עוֹז 1 the “strong staff” is figurative of political power.