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Jeremiah Chapter 48 Summary

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1 Against Moab thus saith the Almighty of hosts, the Creator of Akobe; Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled: Kiriathaim is confounded and taken: Misgab is confounded and dismayed.

2 There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon, they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also, thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee.

3 A voice of crying shall be from Horonaim, spoiling, and great destruction.

4 Moab is destroyed; her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.

5 For in the going up of Luhith continual weeping shall go up; for in the going down of Horonaim, the enemies have heard a cry of destruction.

6 Flee, save your lives, and be like the heath in the wilderness.

7 For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity with his priests and his princes together.

8 And the spoiler shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape: the valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the Almighty hath spoken.

9 Give wings unto Moab, that it may flee and get away: for the cities thereof shall be desolate, without any to dwell therein.

10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Almighty deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.

12 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Almighty, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles.

13 And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Akobe was ashamed of Bethel their confidence.

14 How say ye, We are mighty and strong men for the war?

15 Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, saith the King, whose name is the Almighty of hosts.

16 The calamity of Moab is near to come, and his affliction hasteth fast.

17 All ye that are about him, bemoan him; and all ye that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod!

18 Thou daughter that dost inhabit Dibon, come down from thy glory, and sit in thirst; for the spoiler of Moab shall come upon thee, and he shall destroy thy strong holds.

19 O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy; ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth, and say, What is done?

20 Moab is confounded; for it is broken down: howl and cry; tell ye it in Arnon, that Moab is spoiled,

21 And judgment is come upon the plain country; upon Holon, and upon Jahazah, and upon Mephaath,

22 And upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Bethdiblathaim,

23 And upon Kiriathaim, and upon Bethgamul, and upon Bethmeon,

24 And upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah, and upon all the cities of the land of Moab, far or near.

25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the Almighty.

26 Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the Almighty: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.

27 For was not Akobe a derision unto thee? was he found among thieves? for since thou spakest of him, thou skipped for joy.

28 O ye that dwell in Moab, leave the cities and dwell in the rock, and be like the dove that maketh her nest in the sides of the hole’s mouth.

29 We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

30 I know his wrath, saith the Almighty; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it.

31 Therefore will I howl for Moab, and I will cry out for all Moab; mine heart shall mourn for the men of Kirheres.

32 O vine of Sibmah, I will weep for thee with the weeping of Jazer. Thy plants are gone over the sea, they reach even to the sea of Jazer: the spoiler is fallen upon thy summer fruits and upon thy vintage.

33 And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab, and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses: none shall tread with shouting; their shouting shall be no shouting.

34 From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh, and even unto Jahaz, have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even unto Horonaim, as an heifer of three years old. For the waters also of Nimrim shall be desolate.

35 Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab, saith the Almighty, him that offereth in the high places, and him that burneth incense to his gods.

36 Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and mine heart shall sound like pipes for the men of Kirheres: because the riches that he hath gotten are perished.

37 For every head shall be bald, and every beard clipped. Upon all the hands shall be cuttings, and upon the loins sackcloth.

38 There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof. For I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith the Almighty.

39 They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! how hath Moab turned the back with shame! so shall Moab be a derision and a dismaying to all them about him.

40 For thus saith the Almighty; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab.

41 Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised, and the mighty men’s hearts in Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

42 And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Almighty.

43 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith the Almighty.

44 He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit. And he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare. For I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith the Almighty.

45 They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force. But a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.

46 Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.

47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Almighty. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

Jeremiah Chapter 48 Summary

Jeremiah chapter 48 is a prophetic oracle directed at the nation of Moab. The passage begins with a declaration of woe upon several Moabite cities, including Nebo, Kiriathaim, and Misgab. These cities are said to be confounded and taken, signifying their impending destruction. The Moabites are warned that there will be no more praise or glory for their nation. Evil schemes have been devised against them.

The chapter portrays Moab as a nation that had grown proud and complacent, trusting in its own works and treasures. Despite being warned and chastised by the Almighty, the Moabites continued to rebel and refused to acknowledge their wrongdoing. The people’s faces were described as harder than a rock.

This indicates their stubbornness and unwillingness to repent.

The consequences of Moab’s actions are detailed, with impending destruction, weeping, and great sorrow. The enemies of Moab would hear cries of destruction. The nation itself would be compared to a heath in the wilderness. This conveys their impending desolation. Even Chemosh, the Moabite god, would go into captivity along with its priests and princes.

The chapter continues with a call to flee and save their lives. Why? It is because the spoiler would come upon every city, leaving none untouched. The destruction of Moab is emphasized as cities, valleys, and plains are all described as perishing. The prophet pronounces curses on those who do the work of the Almighty deceitfully and withhold their swords from bloodshed.

Moab’s history of ease and complacency is contrasted with its impending days of calamity.

Wanderers would be sent to cause turmoil and devastation, emptying Moab’s vessels and breaking their bottles. Moab’s false confidence in Chemosh would bring them shame and reproach.

The chapter concludes with a lamentation for Moab, this emphasizes the great suffering that awaits them. Their riches would perish, and the people would experience widespread mourning and suffering. Despite the severity of the judgment, there is a promise. The promise states that, in the latter days, the captivity of Moab would be brought back. This proposes a future restoration.

This is the summary of Jeremiah chapter 48; Glory to the Creator of Akobe.

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Minister Koko


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