“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.d
2 The cities of Aroere will be deserted
with no one to make them afraid.h
3 The fortifiedi city will disappear from Ephraim,
and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
declares the Lord Almighty.
the fat of his body will wasten away.
gatheringo the grain in their arms—
as when someone gleans heads of grainp
in the Valley of Rephaim.q
6 Yet some gleanings will remain,r
as when an olive tree is beaten,s
leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,
four or five on the fruitful boughs,”
declares the Lord, the God of Israel.
and turn their eyes to the Holy Onew of Israel.
8 They will not look to the altars,x
the work of their hands,y
and the incense altars their fingersa have made.
9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth.b And all will be desolation.
Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
and plant imported vines,g
and on the morningh when you plant them, you bring them to bud,
12 Woe to the many nations that ragem—
they rage like the raging sea!n
Woe to the peoples who roaro—
they roar like the roaring of great waters!p
13 Although the peoples roarq like the roar of surging waters,
driven before the wind like chafft on the hills,
like tumbleweed before a gale.u
Before the morning, they are gone!x
This is the portion of those who loot us,
the lot of those who plunder us.
That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah