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2 He is
gone up [`alah] to Bajith [Bayith], and to
Dibon [Diybown], the high places [bamah], to weep [Bakiy]: Moab [Mow'ab] shall howl [yalal] over
Nebo [Nabow], and over Medeba [Meydaba']: on all their heads [ro'sh]
shall be baldness [qorchah], and every beard [zaqan] cut off [gada`]. KJV-Interlinear
2 They have
gone up to the temple and to Dibon, even to the high places to weep. Moab wails
over Nebo and Medeba; Everyone's head is bald and every beard is cut off. NASB
Two more important cities are mentioned, both Nebo and Medeba, both of which are destroyed.
The first two references are of cities, Bajith and Dibon, where temples of the false gods of Moab were located. A reference to the high places suggests the places of prayer and worship in honoring the gods of Moab.
Hair on the heads and beards being cut off, indicates tremendous grieving. The hair and the beards are symbols of honor and status and to cut them off would not be heard of unless there were very extreme circumstances.
The combination of these first two verses, indicates that the people of this region, or of earth in general, when compared to the many descriptions in Revelation, were not expecting anything to happen to them. After all, they had the anti-christ and his promises of a better world, once of course, the Jews, the ones being blamed as the cause of their problems, were exterminated.
But such will not be.
When disaster comes upon them, the Moabites, etc., they will not turn to God or Christ, but they will in turn, turn to their false gods, their false beliefs, to their false expectations for a way out of their predicament. And even in spite of their extreme grief, as denoted by their symbols of grief, they will still reject God, in favor of their false gods and false beliefs.
Not only is Isaiah foretelling of the demise of this region, but he is also describing the attitudes and the reactions of the people and the very basis as to why they are being judged and destroyed.
They have rejected God and Christ. They are indifferent toward the destruction being waged against Israel. And they are not only, not going to get involved, but they are certainly expecting to benefit by Israel's hardship or destruction.
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