1The Lord says:
I will not relent from punishing Moab2:1 Is 15–16; Jr 48; Ezk 25:8–11
for three crimes, even four,
because he burned the bones
of the king of Edom to lime.2:1 Lv 20:14; 21:9
2Therefore, I will send fire against Moab,
and it will consume the citadels of Kerioth.2:2 Jr 48:24,41
Moab will die with a tumult,2:2 Jr 48:45
with shouting and the sound of the ram’s horn.
3I will cut off the judge2:3 Ps 2:10; 141:6 from the land
and kill all its officials2:3 Jb 12:21; Is 40:23 with him.
The Lord has spoken.
Judgment on Judah
4The Lord says:
I will not relent from punishing Judah2:4 2Kg 17:19; Hs 2:12; Am 3:2
for three crimes, even four,
because they have rejected the instruction of the Lord2:4 Jdg 2:17–20; 2Kg 22:11–17; Jr 6:19; 8:9
and have not kept his statutes.2:4 Jr 44:10; Ezk 5:7
The lies2:4 Is 9:15–16; Jr 11:10–13; 23:14,21–22 that their ancestors followed2:4 Jr 9:14; 16:11–12; Ezk 20:18,24,30
have led them astray.
5Therefore, I will send fire2:5 Jr 17:27; 21:10 against Judah,
and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.
Judgment on Israel
6The Lord says:
I will not relent from punishing Israel2:6 2Kg 18:12
for three crimes, even four,
because they sell a righteous person for silver
and a needy person for a pair of sandals.2:6 Dt 16:18–20; Am 5:12; 8:6
7They trample the heads of the poor2:7 Am 5:11; 8:4; Mc 2:2,9
on the dust of the ground
and obstruct the path of the needy.2:7 Jb 24:4
A man and his father have sexual relations
with the same girl,2:7 Hs 4:14
profaning my holy name.2:7 Lv 18:21; Pr 30:9; Ezk 36:20–23
8They stretch out beside every altar2:8 Am 3:14
on garments taken as collateral,2:8 Ex 22:26
and in the house of their God
they drink wine obtained through fines.2:8 Am 4:1; 6:6

9Yet I destroyed the Amorite2:9 Jos 10:12 as Israel advanced;
his height2:9 Nm 13:28–33 was like the cedars,
and he was as sturdy as the oaks;
I destroyed his fruit2:9 Ezk 17:9; Mal 4:1 above and his roots beneath.
10And I brought you from the land of Egypt2:10 Ex 20:2; Am 3:1; 9:7
and led you forty years in the wilderness2:10 Dt 2:7
in order to possess the land of the Amorite.2:10 Nm 21:25
11I raised up some of your sons as prophets2:11 Dt 18:18–19; Jr 1:4–5; Am 7:14–15
and some of your young men as Nazirites.2:11 Nm 6:1–21; Jdg 13:2–5; 1Sm 1:11
Is this not the case, Israelites?
This is the Lord’s declaration.
12But you made the Nazirites drink wine
and commanded the prophets,
“Do not prophesy.”2:12 Jr 11:21; Am 7:13,16
13Look, I am about to crush2:13 Or hinder; Hb obscure you in your place2:13 Jl 3:13
as a wagon crushes when full of grain.
14Escape will fail the swift,2:14 Is 30:16–17
the strong one will not maintain his strength,2:14 Jr 9:23
and the warrior will not save his life.
15The archer will not stand his ground,2:15 Jr 51:56; Ezk 39:3
the one who is swift of foot
will not save himself,
and the one riding a horse will not save his life.2:15 Is 31:3
16Even the most courageous of the warriors
will flee naked on that day2:16 Jdg 4:17 —
this is the Lord’s declaration.