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Isaiah 17 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Message about Damascus and Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:1 - This message came to me concerning Damascus:
“Look, the city of Damascus will disappear!
It will become a heap of ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:2 - The towns of Aroer will be deserted.
Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed,
with no one to chase them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:3 - The fortified towns of Israel[fn] will also be destroyed,
and the royal power of Damascus will end.
All that remains of Syria[fn]
will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,”
declares the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:4 - “In that day Israel’s[fn] glory will grow dim;
its robust body will waste away.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:5 - The whole land will look like a grainfield
after the harvesters have gathered the grain.
It will be desolate,
like the fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:6 - Only a few of its people will be left,
like stray olives left on a tree after the harvest.
Only two or three remain in the highest branches,
four or five scattered here and there on the limbs,”
declares the LORD, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:7 - Then at last the people will look to their Creator
and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:8 - They will no longer look to their idols for help
or worship what their own hands have made.
They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles
or worship at the pagan shrines they have built.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:9 - Their largest cities will be like a deserted forest,
like the land the Hivites and Amorites abandoned[fn]
when the Israelites came here so long ago.
It will be utterly desolate.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:10 - Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you.
You have forgotten the Rock who can hide you.
So you may plant the finest grapevines
and import the most expensive seedlings.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:11 - They may sprout on the day you set them out;
yes, they may blossom on the very morning you plant them,
but you will never pick any grapes from them.
Your only harvest will be a load of grief and unrelieved pain.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:12 - Listen! The armies of many nations
roar like the roaring of the sea.
Hear the thunder of the mighty forces
as they rush forward like thundering waves.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:13 - But though they thunder like breakers on a beach,
God will silence them, and they will run away.
They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind,
like a tumbleweed whirling before a storm.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 17:14 - In the evening Israel waits in terror,
but by dawn its enemies are dead.
This is the just reward of those who plunder us,
a fitting end for those who destroy us.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew of Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel.
Hebrew Aram.
Hebrew Jacob’s. See note on 14:1.
As in Greek version; Hebrew reads like places of the wood and the highest bough.

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