The oracle (a burdensome message) of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach [in Syria], with Damascus as its resting place (for the eyes of men, especially of all the tribes of Israel, are toward the Lord),
The burden or oracle (the thing to be lifted up) of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach [in Syria], and Damascus shall be its resting place, for the Lord has an eye upon mankind as upon all the tribes of Israel,
·This message is [An oracle/burden of] the word of the Lord. The message is against the land of Hadrach [C region north of Israel] and ·the city of Damascus [L Damascus its resting place]. ·All [L For the eyes of all] people, including all the tribes of Israel ·belong to [or are on] the Lord.
The threatenings of the Gentiles. 9 The coming of Christ. The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach: and Damascus shall be his rest: when the eyes of man, even of all the tribes of Israel shall be toward the Lord.
War Bulletin: God’s Message challenges the country of Hadrach. It will settle on Damascus. The whole world has its eyes on God. Israel isn’t the only one. That includes Hamath at the border, and Tyre and Sidon, clever as they think they are. Tyre has put together quite a kingdom for herself; she has stacked up silver like cordwood, piled gold high as haystacks. But God will certainly bankrupt her; he will dump all that wealth into the ocean and burn up what’s left in a big fire. Ashkelon will see it and panic, Gaza will wring its hands, Ekron will face a dead end. Gaza’s king will die. Ashkelon will be emptied out, And a villain will take over in Ashdod.
This is the message with which the Eternal burdened His prophet. He has set His message against the land of Hadrach, and the city of Damascus is its resting place. For the eyes of all humanity—especially His people from the tribes of Israel— are fixed on the Eternal.
The burden of the word of the Lord, in the land of Hadrach, and of Damascus, (shall be for) the rest thereof; for of the Lord is the eye of man, and of all [the] lineages of Israel. (The charge, or the heavy burden, of the word of the Lord, for the land of Hadrach, and the city of Damascus, which be his; and the eyes of these people, like those of all the tribes of Israel, shall be upon the Lord.)
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