The end of Moab (Jer 48:40-48:42)

“Thus says Yahweh.

‘Look!

He shall swoop down

Like an eagle.

He will spread his wings

Against Moab.

The towns shall be taken.

The strongholds seized.

The heart

Of the warriors

Of Moab,

On that day,

Shall be

Like the heart

Of a woman in labor.

Moab shall be destroyed

As a people.

Because he magnified himself

Against Yahweh.’”

Yahweh describes how King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was going to sweep down like a wing spread eagle upon Moab. All the towns and fortresses would be seized. The Moabite warriors, on that day, would have the heart of a pregnant woman. They would just want it over. Moab was going to be destroyed. The once proud Moabites had magnified their value against Yahweh. They were going to pay for it.

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