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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 17

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The “Damascus” Pronouncement.

1Behold, Damascus shall cease to be a city; It shall become a heap of ruins. 2 a‐ Emendation yields (cf. Septuagint) “Its towns shall be deserted forevermore.” The towns of Aroer shall be deserted; ‐a Emendation yields (cf. Septuagint) “Its towns shall be deserted forevermore.” They shall be a place for flocks To lie down, with none disturbing. 3Fortresses shall cease from Ephraim, b Emendation yields “Aram.” And sovereignty from Damascus; The remnant of Aram shall become Like the mass of Israelites

—declares the LORD of Hosts.

4In that day, The mass of Jacob shall dwindle, And the fatness of his body become lean: 5After being like the standing grain Harvested by the reaper— Who reaps ears by the armful— He shall be like the ears that are gleaned In the Valley of Rephaim. 6Only gleanings shall be left of him, As when one beats an olive tree: Two berries or three on the topmost branch, Four or five c‐ Lit. “on her boughs, the many‐branched one.” on the boughs of the crown ‐c Lit. “on her boughs, the many‐branched one.”

—declares the LORD, the God of Israel.

7In that day, men shall turn to their Maker, their eyes look to the Holy One of Israel; 8 they shall not turn to the altars that their own hands made, or look to the sacred posts and incense stands that their own fingers wrought.

9In that day, their fortress cities shall be like the deserted sites which d‐ Septuagint reads “the Amorites and the Hivites.” the Horesh and the Amir ‐d Septuagint reads “the Amorites and the Hivites.” abandoned because of the Israelites; and there shall be desolation.

10Truly, you have forgotten the God who saves you And have not remembered the Rock who shelters you; That is why, though you plant a delightful e Emendation yields “true.” So Vulgate (cf. Septuagint); cf. Jer. 2.21 . sapling, What you sow proves a disappointing slip. 11On the day that you plant, you see it grow; On the morning you sow, you see it bud— But the branches wither away On a day of sickness and mortal agony. 12Ah, the roar of many peoples That roar as roars the sea, The rage of nations that rage As rage the mighty waters— 13Nations raging like massive waters! But He shouts at them, and they flee far away, Driven like chaff before winds in the hills, And like tumbleweed before a gale. 14At eventide, lo, terror! By morning, it is no more. Such is the lot of our despoilers, The portion of them that plunder us.

Notes:

a‐a Emendation yields (cf. Septuagint) “Its towns shall be deserted forevermore.”

b Emendation yields “Aram.”

c‐c Lit. “on her boughs, the many‐branched one.”

d‐d Septuagint reads “the Amorites and the Hivites.”

e Emendation yields “true.” So Vulgate (cf. Septuagint); cf. Jer. 2.21 .

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