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Jeremiah (c. 626—586 bc)

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What is left at the bottom of a jar of wine after fermentation (Isa. 25: 6, AV), preferred to new wine, hence NRSV translation ‘well‐aged wines’ and REB ‘well matured’. Jeremiah compares Moab to wine ‘on his lees’ (REB, AV, NJB in Jer. 48: 11; NRSV, ‘wine on its dregs’) meaning that Moab is rich and self‐satisfied and due to be ‘decanted’ (48: 12, NRSV).

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