No joy in punishment…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 16:6-14

 We have heard of the pride of Moab—

 how proud he is!—

 of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;

 in his idle boasting he is not right.

 Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,

 let everyone wail.

 Mourn, utterly stricken,

for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.

 For the fields of Heshbon languish,

and the vine of Sibmah;

the lords of the nations

 have struck down its branches,

which reached to Jazer and strayed to the desert;

 its shoots spread abroad

 and passed over the sea.

  Therefore I weep

with the weeping of Jazer

 for the vine of Sibmah;

 I drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;

for over your summer fruit and your harvest

 the shout has ceased.

  And joy and gladness are taken away

 from the fruitful field,

 and in the vineyards no songs are sung,

 no cheers are raised;

 no treader treads out wine in the presses;

 I have put an end to the shouting.

Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,

 and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.

 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

 This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past.  But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”

There is no joy in punishment.  There is sorrow at the wrong doing and pride of those who practice evil or turn from God to themselves.  We are given many detailed visuals of how much pride and arrogance displeases our God.  Create in us a right heart and a right spirit, O God…

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