Isaiah 15 – “A Lament for Moab”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
Moab’s survivors lament a devastating nocturnal attack.

II. Photo
The land of Moab is desiccated: “The grass is sear, the herbage is gone, vegetation is vanished.” (v. 6b)

III. Important Verses
1: The “Moab” Pronouncement. Ah, in the night Ar was sacked, Moab was ruined; Ah, in the night Kir was sacked, Moab was ruined.
2-3: He went up to the temple to weep, Dibon [went] to the outdoor shrines. Over Nebo and Medeba Moab is wailing; On every head is baldness, Every beard is shorn. In its streets, they are girt with sackcloth; On its roofs, in its squares, Everyone is wailing, Streaming with tears.
5a: My heart cries out for Moab — His fugitives flee down to Zoar, To Eglath-shelishiyah.
9: Ah, the waters of Dimon are full of blood For I pour added [water] on Dimon; I drench it — for Moab’s refugees — With soil for its remnant.

IV. Outline
1a. Introduction
1b. The night of Moab’s sacking
2-4. The people mourn their fate
5a. Pity for Moab
5b. The Moabites flee
6-8. The wailing of Moab
9. The Moabite bloodbath

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Blenkinsopp, Joseph. “Isaiah 1-39” The Anchor Bible vol. 19 (New York: Doubleday, 2000).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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