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Chapter 16

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      Then sent the Lords of the land a man of war, from the rock that lieth toward the desert, unto the hill of the daughter of Zion. ( For as for the daughters of Moab, they were as it had been a trembling bird, that is put out of her nest, by the fury of Arnon. ) which messenger said : gather your counsel, come together, cover us with your shadow in the midday, as the night doth: hide the chased, and *bewray not them that are fled, let the persecuted Moabites dwell among you, be our open refuge against the destroyer: for the adversary oppresseth us, the robber undoeth us, and the tyrant driveth us out of our land. But the throne of your kingdom is full of grace, therefore he that sitteth upon it with faithfulness and truth in the house of David, know the thing, and do his diligence to help shortly, according to equity and righteousness. As for the Moabs pride ( shall they answer ) it is well known. And all though they be excellent proud, arrogant and high minded: yet is their strength nothing like. And therefore Moab complaineth to Moab, where through they come all to mourn: and now that they be smitten, they take their devise beneath by the brick wall, and make their complaint.
      The suburbs of Hesebon were made waste, and the Princes of the Gentiles hewed down the vineyards of Sibma, which were planted with noble grapes, and spread unto Jazer, and went unto the end of the desert, whose branches stretched their selves forth beyond the sea. Therefore I mourned for Jazer, and for the vineyards of Sibma with great sorrow. I poured my tears upon Hesebon and Eleale, for all their songs were layed down, in their harvest and gathering of their grapes: Mirth and cheer was gone out of the field and vineyards, in so much, that no man was glad ner song. There went no treader into the winepress, their merry cheer was layed down. Wherefore my belly rumbled ( as it had been a lute ) for Moabs sake, and mine inward members, for the brick walls sake. For it happened thus also: when Moab saw that she was turned upside down: she went up high in to her Sanctuary, to make her prayer there, but she might not be helped. This is the devise, which the Lord took in hand at the time against Moab. But now the Lord sayeth thus: In three years shall the power of Moab with their pomp ( which is great ) be minished, like as the burden of a hired servant. And as for the remnant of them, they shall be less than a few, and not reckoned much worth.


*bewray (disclose or betray)

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