Prophecy about Damascus1 The ▼
▼ Or burden of, b oracle concerning c Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be d removed from being a city
And will become a e fallen ruin.
2 “The cities ▼
▼ Gr reads forever and everof g Aroer are forsaken;
They will be for h flocks ▼
▼ Lit and they will lie downto lie down in,
And there will be j no one to frighten them.
3 “The ▼
▼ Or fortification, l fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
▼ Or royal power, kingdomsovereignty from Damascus
And the remnant of Aram;
They will be like the n glory of the sons of Israel,”
Declares the Lord of hosts.
4 Now in that day the o glory of Jacob will ▼
▼ Lit become thinfade,
And q the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
5 It will be r even like the ▼
▼ Lit gathering of the harvest, the standing grainreaper gathering the standing grain,
As his arm harvests the ears,
Or it will be like one gleaning ears of grain
In the t valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet u gleanings will be left in it like the ▼
▼ Lit strikingshaking of an olive tree,
Two or three olives on the topmost bough,
Four or five on the branches of a fruitful tree,
Declares the Lord, the God of Israel.
7 In that day man will w have regard for his Maker
And his eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not have regard for the x altars, the work of his hands,
Nor will he look to that which his y fingers have made,
Even the ▼
▼ I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity, aa Asherim and ▼
▼ Or sun pillarsincense stands.
9 In that day ▼
▼ I.e. man’stheir strong cities will be like ▼
▼ Gr reads the deserted places of the Amorites and the Hivites which they abandonedforsaken places in the forest,
Or like ▼
▼ Or the treetopbranches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel;
▼ Lit itthe land will be a desolation.
10 For ag you have forgotten the ah God of your salvation
And have not remembered the ai rock of your refuge.
Therefore you plant delightful plants
And set them with vine slips of a strange god.
11 In the day that you plant it you carefully fence it in,
And in the aj morning you bring your seed to blossom;
But the harvest will ak be a heap
In a day of sickliness and incurable pain.
12 Alas, the uproar of many peoples
al Who roar like the roaring of the seas,
And the rumbling of nations
Who rush on like the am rumbling of mighty waters!
13 The an nations rumble on like the rumbling of many waters,
But He will ao rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased ap like chaff in the mountains before the wind,
Or like whirling dust before a gale.
14 At evening time, behold, there is terror!
Before morning aq they are no more.
▼ Lit ThisSuch will be the portion of those who plunder us
And the lot of those who pillage us.
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