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Isaiah 17International Children’s Bible (ICB)

God’s Message to Aram

17 This is the message for Damascus:

“The city of Damascus will be destroyed.
    Only ruins will be left there.
People will leave the cities of Aroer.
    Flocks of sheep will wander freely in those empty towns.
    There will be no one to bother them.
The strong, walled cities of Israel will be destroyed.
    The government in Damascus will end.
Those left alive of Aram will be
    like the glory of Israel,” says the Lord of heaven’s armies.

“At that time Israel’s wealth will all be gone.
    Israel will be like a man who has lost much weight from sickness.
That time will be like the grain harvest in the Valley of Rephaim.
    The workers cut the wheat.
Then they cut the heads of grain from the plants.
    And they collect the grain.
That time will also be like the olive harvest,
    when a few olives are left.
Two or three olives are left in the top branches.
    Four or five olives are left on full branches,” says the Lord, the God of Israel.

At that time people will look to God, their Maker.
    Their eyes will see the Holy One of Israel.
They will not trust the altars they have made.
    They will not trust what their hands have made.
They will not respect the Asherah idols
    and altars they have made.

In that day all their strong cities will be empty. They will be like the cities that the Hivites and the Amorites left. They left their cities when the Israelites came to take the land. Everything will be ruined.

10 You have forgotten the God who saves you.
    You have not remembered that God is your place of safety.
You plant the finest grapevines.
    You plant grapevines from faraway places.
11 You will plant your grapevines one day and try to make them grow.
    The next day they will begin to grow.
But at harvest time everything will be dead.
    A sickness will kill all the plants.

12 Listen to the many people!
    They are crying loud like the noise from the sea.
Listen to the noise!
    The crying is like the crashing of great waves.
13 The people roar like those waves.
    But when God speaks harshly to them, they will run away.
They will be like chaff on the hills being blown by the wind.
    They will be like tumbleweeds blown away by a storm.
14 At night the people will be very frightened.
    Before morning, no one will be left.
So our enemies will come to our land,
    but they will become nothing.

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Isaiah 17New International Version (NIV)

A Prophecy Against Damascus

17 A prophecy against Damascus:

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
    but will become a heap of ruins.
The cities of Aroer will be deserted
    and left to flocks, which will lie down,
    with no one to make them afraid.
The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
    and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
    like the glory of the Israelites,”
declares the Lord Almighty.

“In that day the glory of Jacob will fade;
    the fat of his body will waste away.
It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain,
    gathering the grain in their arms—
as when someone gleans heads of grain
    in the Valley of Rephaim.
Yet some gleanings will remain,
    as when an olive tree is beaten,
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 day people will look to their Maker
    and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
They will not look to the altars,
    the work of their hands,
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a]
    and the incense altars their fingers have made.

In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.

10 You have forgotten God your Savior;
    you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.
Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
    and plant imported vines,
11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,
    and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud,
yet the harvest will be as nothing
    in the day of disease and incurable pain.

12 Woe to the many nations that rage
    they rage like the raging sea!
Woe to the peoples who roar
    they roar like the roaring of great waters!
13 Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters,
    when he rebukes them they flee far away,
driven before the wind like chaff on the hills,
    like tumbleweed before a gale.
14 In the evening, sudden terror!
    Before the morning, they are gone!
This is the portion of those who loot us,
    the lot of those who plunder us.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 17:8 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah
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