Isaiah 16 Commentary
The prophecy against Moab continues. Chapter 16 is complex because the prophet has decided to participate in the vision. It becomes personal! So he weeps alongside the Moabites. What he has seen is not good at all.
Let Moab find safety through an alliance with Jerusalem. Yes, Jerusalem but not until David’s son becomes king – one whose throne will be established in love.
Will Moab take this offer of peace? Isaiah doubts. Moab is well-known for her pride. Her arrogance is great – self-important, insufferable, and full of hot air. But it is all in vain.
The prophet feels for Moab. Her trips to the shrines, the cults, the devil-temples, entertainment, and vanity pursuits all come to nothing. It solves nothing and the LORD still rains His fire on Moab.
It is a shame that after all the hype and like, humanity still faces judgment. You probably understand why the prophet is weeping! It is a sorry site!
You probably want to ask: “Won’t we ever see that our visits to the shrines are all in vain?”
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