Isaiah 17

Prophecy about Damascus

1 The 1oracle concerning 2Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be 3removed from being a city And will become a 4fallen ruin.
2 "The cities of 5Aroer are forsaken; They will be for 6flocks to lie down in, And there will be 7no one to frighten them.
3 "The 8fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, And sovereignty from Damascus And the remnant of Aram; They will be like the 9glory of the sons of Israel," Declares the LORD of hosts.
4 Now in that day the 10glory of Jacob will fade, And 11the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
5 It will be 12even like the reaper gathering the standing grain, As his arm harvests the ears, Or it will be like one gleaning ears of grain In the 13valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet 14gleanings will be left in it like the shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives on the topmost * bough, Four or five on the branches of a fruitful tree, Declares the LORD, the God of Israel.
7 In that day man will 15have regard for his Maker And his eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not have regard for the 16altars, the work of his hands, Nor will he look to that which his 17fingers have made, Even the 18Asherim and incense stands.
9 In that day their strong cities will be like forsaken places in the forest, Or like branches which they abandoned before * the sons of Israel; And the land will be a desolation.
10 For 19you have forgotten the 20God of your salvation And have not remembered the 21rock of your refuge. Therefore * you plant delightful plants And set them with vine slips of a strange god.
11 In the day that you plant it you carefully fence 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 incurable pain.
12 Alas, the uproar of many peoples 24Who roar like the roaring of the seas, And the rumbling of nations Who rush on like the 25rumbling of mighty waters!
13 The 26nations rumble on like the rumbling of many waters, But He will 27rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased 28like chaff in the mountains before the wind, Or like whirling dust before a gale.
14 At evening time, behold, there is terror! Before morning 29they are no more. Such will be the portion of those who plunder us And the lot of those who pillage us.
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