10 Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; no one treads out wine at the presses, for I have put an end to the shouting.
11 My heart laments for Moab like a harp, my inmost being for Kir Hareseth.
12 When Moab appears at her high place, she only wears herself out; when she goes to her shrine to pray, it is to no avail.
The against Moab which began in chapter fifteen continues through verse twelve in the next chapter as shown above. It will only get worse as the final two verses of this chapter illustrate about this prophecy and the one to follow
13 This is the word the Lord has already spoken concerning Moab.
14 But now the Lord says: “Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble.”
Kir Hareseth was also simply known as Kir and was the last stronghold in Moab to fall. The prophet’s heart grieves as Moab continues to fall and fall completely as Kir Hareseth finally falls.
The destruction is total. No one will sing or shout with joy in the vineyards
as there used to be by the men that gathered the grapes, and trod the wine presses; but now there would be no men in the vineyards, there being no grapes to gather or tread (Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)
Sadly Moab had to fall, especially as her troubles increased she turned to her high place where she worshipped the false god Chemosh instead of turning to the one true God of Israel. Nonetheless, the humanity of the prophet shows through when his heart laments for Moab.
What would it have taken for them to return to the one true God Israel? I don’t know, but I know when Jonah reluctantly went to Nineveh, they repented of their sin and the Lord relented and did not destroy them.
It’s Monday, have a Great Week! Rejoice in that we have Jesus who was the lamb slain for our sins, thus we can look to eternity with Him.