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Isaiah Chapter 16 | Parsha:

1Dispatch as messenger
The ruler of the land,
From Sela in the wilderness
To the mount of Fair Zion:

2“Like fugitive birds,
Like nestlings driven away,
Moab’s villagers linger
By the fords of the Arnon.

3Give advice,
Offer counsel.
At high noon make
Your shadow like night:
Conceal the outcasts,
Betray not the fugitives.

4Let Moab’s outcasts
Find asylum in you;
Be a shelter for them
Against the despoiler.”
For violence has vanished,
Rapine is ended,
And marauders have perished from this land.

5And a throne shall be established in goodness
In the tent of David,
And on it shall sit in faithfulness
A ruler devoted to justice
And zealous for equity.

6“We have heard of Moab’s pride—
Most haughty is he—
Of his pride and haughtiness and arrogance,
And of the iniquity in him.”

7Ah, let Moab howl;
Let all in Moab howl!
For the raisin-cakes of Kir-hareseth
You shall moan most pitifully.

8The vineyards of Heshbon are withered,
And the vines of Sibmah;
Their tendrils spread
To Baale-goiim,
And reached to Jazer,
And strayed to the desert;
Their shoots spread out
And crossed the sea.

As I weep for Jazer,
So I weep for Sibmah’s vines;
O Heshbon and Elealeh,
I drench you with my tears.
Ended are the shouts
Over your fig and grain harvests.

10Rejoicing and gladness
Are gone from the farm land;
In the vineyards no shouting
Or cheering is heard.
No more does the treader
Tread wine in the presses—
The shouts have been silenced.

Like a lyre my heart moans for Moab,
And my very soul for Kir-heres.

12And when it has become apparent that Moab has gained nothing in the outdoor shrine, he shall come to pray in his temple—but to no avail.

13That is the word that the Lord spoke concerning Moab long ago. 14And now the Lord has spoken: In three years, fixed like the years of a hired laborer, Moab’s population, with all its huge multitude, shall shrink. Only a remnant shall be left, of no consequence.

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