But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “The only way I will make a treaty with you is if you let me gouge out the right eye of every one of you and in so doing humiliate all Israel!”
Now send word quickly to David and warn him, 1 “Don’t spend the night at the fords of the desert 2 tonight. Instead, be sure you cross over, 3 or else the king and everyone who is with him may be overwhelmed.” 4
They made disbursements to all the males three years old and up who were listed in the genealogical records – to all who would enter the Lord’s temple to serve on a daily basis and fulfill their duties as assigned to their divisions. 1
The Jews assembled themselves in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to strike out against those who were seeking their harm. No one was able to stand before them, for dread of them fell on all the peoples.
They went up to the temple, 1 the people of Dibon went up to the high places to lament. 2 Because of what happened to Nebo and Medeba, 3 Moab wails. Every head is shaved bare, every beard is trimmed off. 4
‘What right do you have to be here? What relatives do you have buried here? 1 Why 2 do you chisel out a tomb for yourself here? He chisels out his burial site in an elevated place, he carves out his tomb on a cliff.
I will reduce the people of this city to desperate straits during the siege imposed on it by their enemies who are seeking to kill them. I will make them so desperate that they will eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters and the flesh of one another.”’” 1
You must no longer say that the Lord’s message is burdensome. 1 For what is ‘burdensome’ 2 really pertains to what a person himself says. 3 You are misrepresenting 4 the words of our God, the living God, the Lord who rules over all. 5
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. 1 For the time is coming when I will punish the people of Moab. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it! 3
Foreigners living there will say, 1 ‘We tried to heal her, but she could not be healed. Let’s leave Babylonia 2 and each go back to his own country. For judgment on her will be vast in its proportions. It will be like it is piled up to heaven, stacked up into the clouds.’ 3
While they were striking them down, I was left alone, and I threw myself face down and cried out, “Ah, sovereign Lord! Will you destroy the entire remnant of Israel when you pour out your fury on Jerusalem?”
“‘But you trusted in your beauty and capitalized on your fame by becoming a prostitute. You offered your sexual favors to every man who passed by so that your beauty 1 became his.