16 Send a ram to the ruler of the land,
From Seʹla through the wilderness
To the mountain of the daughter of Zion.
3 “Offer counsel, carry out the decision.
Make your shadow at high noon like the night.
Conceal the dispersed and do not betray those fleeing.
4 May my dispersed ones reside in you, O Moʹab.
Become a place of concealment to them because of the destroyer.+
The oppressor will reach his end,
The destruction will come to an end,
And those trampling others down will perish from the earth.
5 Then a throne will be firmly established in loyal love.
The one who sits on it in the tent of David will be faithful;+
He will judge fairly and will swiftly execute righteousness.”+
His haughtiness and his pride and his fury;+
But his empty talk will come to nothing.
Those who are stricken will moan for the raisin cakes of Kir-harʹe·seth.+
The vine of Sibʹmah,+
The rulers of the nations have trampled its bright-red branches;*
They had reached as far as Jaʹzer;+
They had extended into the wilderness.
Its shoots had spread out and gone as far as the sea.
9 That is why I will weep over the vine of Sibʹmah as I weep for Jaʹzer.
With my tears I will drench you, O Heshʹbon and E·le·aʹleh,+
Because the shouting over your summer fruit and your harvest has ended.*
10 Rejoicing and joyfulness have been taken away from the orchard,
And there are no songs of joy or shouting in the vineyards.+
The treader no longer treads out wine in the presses,
For I have caused the shouting to cease.+
Like the strumming of a harp,
And my innermost being over Kir-harʹe·seth.+
13 This is the word that Jehovah previously spoke concerning Moʹab. 14 And now Jehovah says: “Within three years, like the years of a hired worker,* the glory of Moʹab will be disgraced with much tumult of every sort, and those who remain will be very few and insignificant.”+