Isaiah 17 ©

1 Syria and Israel are threatened. 6 A remnant of Israel shall forsake idolatry. 9 The desolation of the rest. 12 The rebuke of the enemies of Israel.


THE aburden of Damascus. bBehold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.


cThe cities of Aroer are forsaken: dthey shall be for flocks, which eshall lie down, and fnone shall make them afraid.


gThe 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 hosts.


And in that day it shall come to pass, hthat the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.


And iit 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 jthe valley of Rephaim.


kYet *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.


lAt that day shall a man look to mhis Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.


And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either nthe groves, or the 1images.


oIn 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.


pBecause thou hast forgotten qthe God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of rthe rock of thy strength, stherefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with *strange *slips:


In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: tbut the harvest shall be 2a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.


uWoe to the 3multitude of many people, vwhich make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of 4mighty waters!


The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: wbut 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 5a rolling thing before the whirlwind.


And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. xThis is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.