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Isaiah 17:4-14 (New International Version)

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4 "In that day1 the glory2 of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste3 away. 5 It will be as when a reaper gathers the standing grain and harvests4 the grain with his arm-- as when a man gleans heads of grain5 in the Valley of Rephaim.6 6 Yet some gleanings will remain,7 as when an olive tree is beaten,8 leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs," declares the LORD, the God of Israel. 7 In that day9 men will look10 to their Maker11 and turn their eyes to the Holy One12 of Israel. 8 They will not look to the altars,13 the work of their hands,14 and they will have no regard for the Asherah polesa15 and the incense altars their fingers16 have made. 9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth.17 And all will be desolation. 10 You have forgotten18 God your Savior;19 you have not remembered the Rock,20 your fortress.21 Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines,22 11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning23 when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest24 will be as nothing25 in the day of disease and incurable26 pain.27 12 Oh, the raging28 of many nations-- they rage like the raging sea!29 Oh, the uproar30 of the peoples-- they roar like the roaring of great waters!31 13 Although the peoples roar32 like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes33 them they flee34 far away, driven before the wind like chaff35 on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale.36 14 In the evening, sudden37 terror!38 Before the morning, they are gone!39 This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.
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