“Flee, save your lives! And be like the juniper in the wilderness. For because you have trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken. And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, his priests and his princes together. And the plunderer shall come against every city; no one shall escape. The valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the LORD has spoken. “Give wings to Moab, that she may flee and get away; for her cities shall be desolate, without any to dwell in them. Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.” Jeremiah 48:6-10 (NKJV)
Today I am going to let the words of other men speak concerning this chapter and God’s judgment upon others, including nations. First of all I want us to look at the note for Jeremiah 48:1-47 from the English Standard Version Study Bible:
48:1-47 God Will Judge Moab. Israel’s dealings, with Moab date back even farther than its relationship with Philistia. Moab’s origins in Abraham’s era (c. 2000 B.C.) begin with the tawdry episode of Lot and his daughters (Gen. 19:30-38). Moab opposed Israel in Moses’ era (Numbers 22-25), served Israel in David’s era (2 Sam. 8:2), and plotted with Judah against Babylon in Zedekiah’s era (Jer. 27:3). Here Jeremiah claims, God will judge Moab’s arrogance and idolatry (48:1-10), make Moab ashamed of its god (vv. 11-20), silence Moab’s boasts (vv. 21-44), and someday restore Moab (vv. 45-47).
Then from the MacArthur Study Bible:
48:10 Cursed is he. God’s aim to judge Moab was so intense that He pronounded a curse on whatever instrument (army) He would use if they should carry it out “deceitfully” i.e., “carelessly,” or “with slackness,” or “being remiss” (Prov. 10:4; cf. 12:24).
Our hope, our life for us as individuals and nations is not in any person, but the Person of God in and through His Son, God the Son Jesus Christ. God will fulfill every word of judgment and promise He has spoken.