17 An oracle concerning Damascus.
Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city
and will become a heap of ruins.
they will be for flocks,
which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.
and the kingdom from Damascus;
and the remnant of Syria will be
like the glory of the children of Israel,
declares the Lord of hosts.
and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.
and his arm harvests the ears,
and as when one gleans the ears of grain
in the Valley of Rephaim.
as when an olive tree is beaten—
two or three berries
in the top of the highest bough,
four or five
on the branches of a fruit tree,
declares the Lord God of Israel.
7 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.
and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge;
therefore, though you plant pleasant plants
and sow the vine-branch of a stranger,
and make them blossom in the morning that you sow,
yet the harvest will flee away
in a day of grief and incurable pain.
they thunder like the thundering of the sea!
Ah, the roar of nations;
they roar like the roaring of mighty waters!
but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away,
chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind
and whirling dust before the storm.
Before morning, they are no more!
This is the portion of those who loot us,
and the lot of those who plunder us.