Oracle Against Damascus
17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is
taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous
17:2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for
flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them
17:3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the
kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall
be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of
17:4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory
of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh
shall wax lean.
17:5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the
corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as
he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
17:6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the
shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of
the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful
branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.
17:7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his
eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
17:8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his
hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have
made, either the groves, or the images.
17:9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken
bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of
the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation,
and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength,
therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it
with strange slips:
17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in
the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the
harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate
17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a
noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of
nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty
17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many
waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far
off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains
before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the
17:14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the
morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil
us, and the lot of them that rob us.