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A Prophecy Against Damascus

17 A prophecyb against Damascus:c

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city

but will become a heap of ruins.d

The cities of Aroere will be deserted

and left to flocks,f which will lie down,g

with no one to make them afraid.h

The fortifiedi city will disappear from Ephraim,

and royal power from Damascus;

the remnant of Aram will be

like the gloryj of the Israelites,”k

declares the Lord Almighty.

“In that dayl the glorym of Jacob will fade;

the fat of his body will wasten away.

It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain,

gatheringo the grain in their arms—

as when someone gleans heads of grainp

in the Valley of Rephaim.q

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.

In that dayt people will looku to their Makerv

and turn their eyes to the Holy Onew of Israel.

They will not look to the altars,x

the work of their hands,y

and they will have no regard for the Asherah polesa z

and the incense altars their fingersa have made.

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.

10 You have forgottenc God your Savior;d

you have not remembered the Rock,e your fortress.f

Therefore, though you set out the finest plants

and plant imported vines,g

11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,

and on the morningh when you plant them, you bring them to bud,

yet the harvesti will be as nothingj

in the day of disease and incurablek pain.l

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,

when he rebukesr them they flees far away,

driven before the wind like chafft on the hills,

like tumbleweed before a gale.u

14 In the evening, suddenv terror!w

Before the morning, they are gone!x

This is the portion of those who loot us,

the lot of those who plunder us.


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