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Isaiah 17

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 1 This is the prophecy concerning Damascus: "Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.

 2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.

 3 The fortress will also will from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they will be as the glory of the children of Israel," says the Lord of hosts.

 4 "And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob will be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh will grow lean.

 5 And it shall be as when the harvester gathers the corn, and reaps the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathers ears of grain in the valley of Rephaim.

 6 Yet gleanings will be left in it, as when the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries are left in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in its outmost fruitful branches," says the Lord God of Israel.

 7 "At that day a man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

 8 And he will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither will he respect what his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

 9 In that day his strong cities will be like a forsaken bough and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel; and there will be desolation.

 10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your strength, therefore you have planted supposedly pleasurable plants [idol offerings], and have set it with alien cuttings;

 11 In the day you will make your plants grow, and in the morning you will make your seeds to flourish; but the harvest will be a heap ruins in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

 12 Woe to the multitude of many people, who make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that makes a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

 13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; but God will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

 14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning they cease to exist. This is the portion of those who spoil us, and the lot of those who rob us."


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