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They will have no regard for altars,
    the work of their hands,
    or look to what their fingers made:
    sacred poles[a] and incense stands.

On that day, their strong cities will be like those abandoned by the Hivites and the Amorites;[b] abandoned because of the Israelites. They will be a wasteland,

10 because you forgot the God who saves you,
    and didn’t remember the rock who shelters you.
Therefore, plant your pleasant plants,
    and set out exotic sprouts;

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 17:8 Heb asherim, possibly objects devoted to the goddess Asherah
  2. Isaiah 17:9 LXX; MT like the abandonment of the forest and the bough