“Moab shall be trodden down
In their place,
As straw is trodden down
In a dung-pit.
Though they spread out their hands
In the midst of it,
As swimmers spread out their hands
Their pride will be laid low,
Despite the struggle of their hands.
The high fortifications of his walls
Will be brought down.
They will be laid low.
They will be cast to the ground,
Even to the dust.”
This work of Isaiah has a strange turn against the Moabites, perhaps due to the anti-Moabite feelings in the post-exilic era. The Moabites will be trampled down like straw in a dung-pit. There was no mincing of words here. Even though they might spread their hands as if swimming, their pride will be put down. Despite their struggles and highly fortified walls, they will be crushed to the ground just like dust.