“When the oppressor is no more, and destruction has ceased …then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit … one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness” (16:4-5). Isaiah prophesied that Moab, Israel’s neighbor, would also experience judgment at the hands of an invading empire (Assyrians); Moab’s “pride” would crumble (v6). Yet Isaiah saw beyond the cycles of war to the rule of Messiah, a throne based on “steadfast love,” a peaceful kingdom.
“Shelter the outcasts …” (v3). Moab, like Israel, couldn’t save themselves; the cycle of sin and violence continued. The only real refuge is to serve the true King who reigns by steadfast love.