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History is filled with irony (or hypocrisy, depending on whether or not what happened was in accordance to the LORD's will; a direct command by the LORD is neither ironic nor hypocritical - it's pure and righteous, period). Nations that were at one time subject to the rule of other nations, sometimes reversed the role. Such was the case of Israel in the time of David and Solomon (see The United Kingdom) when the Israelites had risen up from a nation of freed Egyptian slaves to itself the ruler of nations, from Egypt to Iraq (see Emperor David).
"8:1 And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines.
"The king of Moab hath rebelled against me"
Israelite imperialism (see also Emperor) continued after the The Division Of Israel during which both The Northern Kingdom (known as "Israel") and The Southern Kingdom (known as "Judah) ruled over other nations. Sometimes, the occupied nations attempted to fight for their political freedom. Such was the case of King Mesha of Moab who rebelled against King Jehoram of Israel (see Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties).
"3:4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the Wool. 3:5 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead [see also The Fall Of Ahab and Jezebel], that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel." (2 Kings 3:4-5 KJV)
Jehoram apparently didn't think that he could defeat the rebels himself. He sought help from Jehoshaphat, king of Judah (another irony, since Israel and Judah had declared independence from each other in the same way that Moab was now seeking its freedom from them; Israel and Judah had actually fought wars against each other for that and other reasons - see Jews At War With Israel).
"3:6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
The LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') delivered the victory to Israel and Judah. It was to be an onslaught: "3:18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. 3:19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones" (2 Kings 3:18-19 KJV)
"3:21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border. 3:22 And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood: 3:23 And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.