Jeremiah 48-49: next, God lays out His plans for moab: its cities will be destroyed and plotted against, the people will beg for mercy. all this because of idolatry and greed. those who refuse to fight for the Lord will be cursed. He has left moab alone in the past, but will now make them pay for their repetitive sins. He will strip the mighty of their power and the royalty of their pride, He even invites outsiders to watch. moab’s different regions will suffer under God’s hands; she will be left to be stared at like a drunk or an embarrassment. the city has lacked humility and is full of itself, so she is to be pitied and cried for. other cities will weep for moab, as she is stripped of her sinners and false prophets. Her wealth will be taken and her people shamed, and people will take notice. the city will be weakened and taken out because of her disobedience; those who run will suffer, those who stay will be punished. other cities will pity moab’s people – but they will eventually get it all back.
despite the people residing in israel, the city will face ruin; let the mourning start, because the people will suffer the worst. in edom, the Lord will eliminate everything, leaving only children and widows. innocent bystanders will suffer, so you should, too. God has spoken and the city will be charged, He intends to punish them for their deceptions. the destruction will be plain for all to see. there will be no match for the Lord’s ferocity; the young people will go first, with their cries witnessed by the city. damascus faces the same fate: suffering, abadoonment and destruction. kedar and hazor will be seized by God’s call, carried out by king nebuchadnezzar. they will be handed the same punishment. elam will be torn down and its exiles left to fend for themselves, the Lord will not rest until it is driven to the ground.
verse: “Leave your orphans, I [God] will protect their lives.” [Jeremiah 49:11]