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Isaiah 17 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

17 1 A prophecy of the destruction of Damascus and Ephraim, 7 calamity moveth to repentance.

The [a]burden of [b]Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, for it shall be a ruinous heap.

The cities of [c]Aroer shall be forsaken: they shall be for the flocks: for they shall lie there, and none shall make them afraid.

The munition also shall cease from [d]Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Aram shall be as the [e]glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

And in that day the glory of [f]Jacob shall be made clean.

And it shall be as when the harvest man gathereth [g]the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm, and he shall be as he that gathereth the ears in the valley of [h]Rephaim.

Yet a gathering of grapes shall [i]be left in it: as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries are in the top of the upmost boughs, and four or five in the high branches of the fruit thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.

At that day shall a man look to his [j]maker, and his eyes shall look to the holy one of Israel.

And he shall not look to the altars, the works of his own hands, neither shall he look to those things which his own fingers have made, as groves and images.

In that day shall the cities of their strength be as the forsaking of boughs and branches, which [k]they did forsake, because of the children of Israel, and there shall be desolation.

10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not remembered the God of thy strength, therefore shalt thou set pleasant plants, and shalt graft strange [l]vine branches.

11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be gone in the day [m]of possession, and there shall be desperate sorrow.

12 [n]Ah, the multitude of many people, they shall make a sound like the noise of the sea: for the noise of the people shall make a sound like the noise of mighty waters.

13 The people shall make a sound like the noise of many waters: but God shall [o]rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and as a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

14 And lo, in the evening there is [p]trouble: but afore the morning it is gone. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.


  1. Isaiah 17:1 Read Isa. 13:1.
  2. Isaiah 17:1 The chief city of Syria.
  3. Isaiah 17:2 It was a country of Syria by the river Arnon.
  4. Isaiah 17:3 It seemeth that the Prophet would comfort the Church in declaring the destruction of these two kings of Syria and Israel, when as they had conspired the overthrow of Judah.
  5. Isaiah 17:3 The ten tribes gloried in their multitude and alliance with other nations: therefore he saith that they shall be brought down, and the Syrians also.
  6. Isaiah 17:4 Meaning, of the ten tribes, which boasted themselves of their nobility, prosperity, strength and multitude.
  7. Isaiah 17:5 As the abundance of corn doth not fear the harvest men that should cut it down: no more shall the multitude of Israel make the enemies to shrink, whom God shall appoint to destroy them.
  8. Isaiah 17:5 Which valley was plentiful and fertile.
  9. Isaiah 17:6 Because God would have his covenant stable, he promiseth to reserve some of this people, and to bring them to repentance.
  10. Isaiah 17:7 He showeth that God’s corrections ever bring forth some fruit, and cause his to turn from their sins, and to humble themselves to him.
  11. Isaiah 17:9 As the Canaanites left their cities when God did place the Israelites there, so the cities of Israel shall no more be able to defend their inhabitants than bushes, when God shall send the enemy to plague them.
  12. Isaiah 17:10 Which are excellent, and brought out of other countries.
  13. Isaiah 17:11 As the Lord threateneth the wicked in his Law, Lev. 26:16.
  14. Isaiah 17:12 The Prophet lamenteth, considering the horrible plague that was prepared against Israel by the Assyrians, which were infinite in number, and gathered of many nations.
  15. Isaiah 17:13 He addeth this for the consolation of the faithful which were in Israel.
  16. Isaiah 17:14 He compareth the enemies the Assyrians to a tempest, which riseth overnight, and in the morning is gone.
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Isaiah 17 New 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.


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