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The Beloved to Her Lover: “I have already taken off my robe – must I put it on again? I have already washed my feet – must I soil them again?”
Babylon hammered the whole world to pieces. But see how that ‘hammer’ has been broken and shattered! 1 See what an object of horror Babylon has become among the nations!
“See how Babylon 1 has been captured! See how the pride of the whole earth has been taken! See what an object of horror Babylon has become among the nations! 2
But how can I alone bear up under the burden of your hardship and strife?
How the warriors have fallen! The weapons of war 1 are destroyed!
So how can you console me with your futile words? Nothing is left of your answers but deception!” 1
How the people of Esau 1 will be thoroughly plundered! 2 Their 3 hidden valuables will be ransacked! 4
For how can I watch the calamity that will befall my people, and how can I watch the destruction of my relatives?” 1
The Beloved to Her Lover: Tell me, O you whom my heart 1 loves, where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you rest your sheep during the midday heat? Tell me lest 2 I wander around 3 beside the flocks of your companions!
The Lord answered, 1 “If you have raced on foot against men and they have worn you out, how will you be able to compete with horses? And if you feel secure only 2 in safe and open country, 3 how will you manage in the thick undergrowth along the Jordan River? 4
Oh, how shattered Moab will be! Oh, how her people will wail! Oh, how she will turn away 1 in shame! Moab will become an object of ridicule, a terrifying sight to all the nations that surround her.”
How can I give you up, 1 O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart! 2 All my tender compassions are aroused! 3
The beauty 1 of Israel lies slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!
They say, “How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?” 1
How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 1
How can we sing a song to the Lord in a foreign land?
And you will say, “How I hated discipline! My heart spurned reproof!
How can you men of Moab say, ‘We are heroes, men who are mighty in battle?’
How deserted will that once-famous city 1 be, that city that was once filled with 2 joy! 3
But Moses said before the Lord, “Since I speak with difficulty, 1 why should Pharaoh listen to me?”