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Wine was allowed to settle on them, to keep the body and color; especially the choicest wine (Isaiah 25:6). Hence, such phrases expressing ease and self indulgent prosperity as "Moab ... hath settled on his lees," i.e. has been like wine undisturbed, and not "emptied from vessel to vessel," never having been dislodged from his original settlement, "his scent (i.e. the bouquet of the wine) is not changed," "therefore I will send unto him wanderers that shall empty his vessels (i.e. cities) and break their bottles" (i.e. the men of his cities) (Jeremiah 48:11-12). The effect of undisturbed prosperity on the ungodly is to harden in undisturbed security (Zephaniah 1:12). Psalms 75:8, "the dregs (lees) of the Lord's cup ... all the wicked shall wring out and drink," i.e. they must drain out the whole cup to the dregs.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Lees'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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