Isaiah – Chapter 16


Verse 1 – Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela to the wilderness, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.

Verse 2 – For it shall be as a wandering bird thrown out of the nest; so shall be the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Aron.

Attacked by the Assyrians, Moabite refugees would flee to Sela. The desperate refugees would send a tribute of lambs to Jerusalem asking for Judah’s protection.

Verse 3 – “Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day; hide the outcasts, do not betray him who escapes.

Verse 4 – Let My outcasts dwell with you, O Moab; be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler. For the extortioner is at an end, devastation ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

Verse 5 – In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.”

The throne of the king of Judah, that is he that shall sit on the throne of David, shall be deposed to repay the kindness which is now sought at the hand of Moab, and shall be able to do it.

Verse 6 – We have heard of the pride of Moab – He is very proud – of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath; but his lies shall not be so.

Verse 7 – Therefore Moab shall wail for Moab; everyone shall wail. For the foundations of Kir Hareseth you shall mourn; surely they are stricken.

At the heart of Moab’s sin is pride.

Verse 8 – For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have broken down its choices plants, which have reached to Jazer and wandered through the wilderness. Her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

Moab was known for its wine production. The Moabites fled for their lives and wandered in the wilderness of Moab and dispersed into several countries.

Verse 9 – Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah, with the weeping of Jazer; I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh; for battle cries have fallen over your summer fruits and your harvest.

Isaiah tells them; even though that nation, Moab, is not his, he will lament it because the desolation will be great.

Verse 10 – Gladness is taken away, and joy from the plentiful field; in the vineyard there will be no singing, nor will there be shouting; no treaders will tread out wine in their presses; I have made their shouting cease.

The treading of grapes was the climax of the harvest season, but the joy of that harvest would end because the people in their pride had ignored God.

Verse 11 – Therefore my heart shall resound like a heart for Moab, and my inner being for Kir Heres.

Verse 12 – And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he will come to his sanctuary to pray; but he will not prevail.

When the people of Moab experienced God’s wrath, they sought their own gods and idols. They went to the temple of Che-mosh, who was no god and therefore could not respond to their prayer. The same thing happens when we seek other sources to accomplish what only God can do.

Verse 13 – This is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning Moab since that time.

Verse 14 – But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble.

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