The a1oracle concerning 2Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be 3removed from being a city And will become a 4fallenruin.
"The citiesbof 5Aroer are forsaken ; They will be for 6flockscto liedown in, And there will be 7noone to frighten them.
"The d8fortifiedcity will disappear from Ephraim, And esovereignty from Damascus And the remnant of Aram ; They will be like the 9glory of the sons of Israel," Declares the LORD of hosts.
Now in that day the 10glory of Jacob will ffade, And 11the fatness of his flesh will becomelean.
It will be 12even like the greapergathering the standinggrain, As his armharvests the ears, Or it will be like one gleaningears of grain In the 13valley of Rephaim.
Yet 14gleanings will be left in it like the hshaking of an olivetree, Two or threeolives on the topmostbough, Four or five on the branches of a fruitfultree, Declares the LORD, the God of Israel.
In that dayman will 15haveregard for his Maker And his eyes will look to the HolyOne of Israel.
He will not haveregard for the 16altars, the work of his hands, Nor will he look to that which his 17fingers have made, Even the i18Asherim and jincensestands.
In that dayktheir strongcities will be like lforsakenplaces in the forest, Or like mbrancheswhich they abandonedbefore the sons of Israel ; And nthe land will be a desolation.
For 19you have forgotten the 20God of your salvation And have not remembered the 21rock of your refuge. Therefore you plantdelightfulplants And set them with vineslips of a strange god.
In the day that you plant it you carefullyfence it in, And in the 22morning you bring your seed to blossom ; But the harvest will 23be a heap In a day of sickliness and incurablepain.
12Alas, the uproar of manypeoples24Who roar like the roaring of the seas, And the rumbling of nations Who rush on like the 25rumbling of mightywaters !
The 26nationsrumble on like the rumbling of manywaters, But He will 27rebuke them and they will fleefaraway, And be chased28like chaff in the mountainsbefore the wind, Or like whirlingdustbefore a gale.
At eveningtime, behold, there is terror ! Beforemorning29they are nomore. oSuch will be the portion of those who plunder us And the lot of those who pillage us.