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Proclamation Against Syria and Israel

17 The aburden 1against Damascus.

“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,

And it will be a ruinous heap.

2 2The cities of bAroer are forsaken;

They will be for flocks

Which lie down, and cno one will make them afraid.

3 dThe fortress also will cease from Ephraim,

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 “In that day it shall come to pass

That the glory of Jacob will 3wane,

And ethe fatness of his flesh grow lean.

5 fIt shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,

And reaps the heads with his arm;

It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain

In the Valley of Rephaim.

6 gYet gleaning grapes will be left in it,

Like the shaking of an olive tree,

Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,

Four or five in its most fruitful branches,”

Says the Lord God of Israel.

7 In that day a man will hlook to his Maker,

And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.

8 He will not look to the altars,

The work of his hands;

He will not respect what his ifingers have made,

Nor the 4wooden images nor the incense altars.

9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken 5bough

And 6an uppermost branch,

Which they left because of the children of Israel;

And there will be desolation.

10 Because you have forgotten jthe God of your salvation,

And have not been mindful of the Rock of your 7stronghold,

Therefore you will plant pleasant plants

And set out foreign seedlings;

11 In the day you will make your plant to grow,

And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;

But the harvest will be a heap of ruins

In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.

12 Woe to the multitude of many people

Who make a noise klike the roar of the seas,

And to the rushing of nations

That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;

But God will lrebuke them and they will flee far away, And mbe chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,

Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!

And before the morning, he is no more.

This is the portion of those who plunder us,

And the lot of those who rob us.


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