“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city And will become a fallen ruin. 2 “The cities [b]of Aroer are forsaken; They will be for flocks [c]to lie down in, And there will be no one to frighten them. 3 “The [d]fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, And [e]sovereignty from Damascus And the remnant of Aram; They will be like the glory of the sons of Israel,” Declares the Lord of hosts.
4 Now in that day the glory of Jacob will [f]fade, And the fatness of his flesh will become lean. 5 It will be even like the [g]reaper gathering the standing grain, As his arm harvests the ears, Or it will be like one gleaning ears of grain In the valley of Rephaim. 6 Yet gleanings will be left in it like the [h]shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives on the topmost bough, Four or five on the branches of a fruitful tree, Declares the Lord, the God of Israel. 7 In that day man will have regard for his Maker And his eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not have regard for the altars, the work of his hands, Nor will he look to that which his fingers have made, Even the [i]Asherim and [j]incense stands. 9 In that day [k]their strong cities will be like [l]forsaken places in the forest, Or like [m]branches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel; And [n]the land will be a desolation. 10 For you have forgotten the God of your salvation And have not remembered the rock of your refuge. Therefore you plant delightful plants And set them with vine slips of a strange god. 11 In the day that you plant it you carefully fence it in, And in the morning you bring your seed to blossom; But the harvest will be a heap In a day of sickliness and incurable pain.
12 Alas, the uproar of many peoples Who roar like the roaring of the seas, And the rumbling of nations Who rush on like the rumbling of mighty waters! 13 The nations rumble on like the rumbling of many waters, But He will rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased like chaff in the mountains before the wind, Or like whirling dust before a gale. 14 At evening time, behold, there is terror! Before morning they are no more. [o]Such will be the portion of those who plunder us And the lot of those who pillage us.
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