Book of Jeremiah Chapter 48
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Another Moabite Bites the Dust
- Next God/Jeremiah prophesies destruction for Moab.
- The fortified Moabite cities are in ruins. In Heshbon, people had plotted Moab's destruction, but they'll be destroyed too.
- Cities like Horonaim cry out about the destruction. They're warned—they should fly away and live like wild animals in the desert.
- The god Chemosh will go into exile and the people will be destroyed for trusting in their wealth.
- The towns, valleys, and plains will all be devastated.
- The warriors shouldn't hold back in devastating Moab, either. Bloodshed is a divine duty, and they'll be cursed if they don't do it.
- Right now, Moab's still unspoiled—it's like a full jug of wine.
- So it's the perfect time for invaders to drink that wine and smash its jug. Moab will be ashamed of its god, Chemosh.
- God continues with some more generic predictions of destruction for Moab. Cities like Dibon and Aroer will be devastated in the invasion.
- Jeremiah lists all the cities in Moab that are on God's hit list.
- Moab should get drunk and wallow in its own vomit, says God. Nice.
- Israel was once a laughingstock to Moab, but what goes around comes around.
How Many References to "Another one Bites the Dust" Can We Manage?
- Moab should flee and take refuge like a dove that lives in a craggy gorge.
- God mocks the pride and insolence of Moab, although another voice (Jeremiah's?) says he mourns for it.
- The invaders destroy its fruits and wreck its wine presses. There's shouting, but not shouts of joy.
- The Moabites will be totally eliminated, since they're a bunch of people who worship many gods.
- But the prophet's heart laments for Moab.
- All the Moabites are shaved and gashed and wearing sackcloth.
- God sweeps down on Moab like an eagle casting its shadow over them. Everyone gets creamed and the warriors are terrified.
- The Moabite sons and daughters are captured, and the worshippers of Chemosh all die.
- But actually, God says that he will restore Moab in the future.
- See a pattern here?