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They will no longer rely on the altars they made with their own hands, or trust in their own handiwork—symbols of the goddess Asherah and altars for burning incense.

When that day comes, well-defended cities will be deserted and left in ruins like the cities that the Hivites and the Amorites[a] abandoned as they fled from the people of Israel.

10 Israel, you have forgotten the God who rescues you and protects you like a mighty rock. Instead, you plant sacred gardens[b] in order to worship a foreign god.

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  1. Isaiah 17:9 One ancient translation the Hivites and the Amorites; Hebrew woodland and hill country.
  2. Isaiah 17:10 See 1.29.