It will be as when a reaper gathers the standing grain and harvests1 the grain with his arm-- as when a man gleans heads of grain2 in the Valley of Rephaim.36
Yet some gleanings will remain,4 as when an olive tree is beaten,5 leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs," declares the LORD, the God of Israel.
In that day6 men will look7 to their Maker8 and turn their eyes to the Holy One9 of Israel.
They will not look to the altars,10 the work of their hands,11 and they will have no regard for the Asherah polesa12 and the incense altars their fingers13 have made.
In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth.14 And all will be desolation.
You have forgotten15 God your Savior;16 you have not remembered the Rock,17 your fortress.18 Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines,1911
though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning20 when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest21 will be as nothing22 in the day of disease and incurable23 pain.2412
Oh, the raging25 of many nations-- they rage like the raging sea!26 Oh, the uproar27 of the peoples-- they roar like the roaring of great waters!2813
Although the peoples roar29 like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes30 them they flee31 far away, driven before the wind like chaff32 on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale.3314
In the evening, sudden34 terror!35 Before the morning, they are gone!36 This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.