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Chapter 17

1 The burden of Damascus.

"Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city,
and it shall be a ruinous heap.

2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken.

They shall be for flocks,
which shall lie down,
and none shall make them afraid.

3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim,
and the kingdom from Damascus,
and the remnant of Syria.

They shall be as the glory of the children of Israel,"
said Jehovah/God of the armies/hosts.

4 "And in that day
it shall come to pass,
that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin,
and the fatness of his flesh shall grow/wax lean.

5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathers the corn,
and reaps the ears with his arm.

And it shall be as he that gathers ears in the valley of Rephaim.

6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it,
as the shaking of an olive tree,
two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough,
four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof,"
said Jehovah/God 'Elohiym/Godhead of Israel.

7 At that day
shall a man look to his Maker,
and his eyes shall have respect
to the Holy One of Israel.

8 And he shall not look to the altars . . . the work of his hands.

Neither shall respect that which his fingers have made . . .
either 'Asherah/Astartes
  {'Asherah - female god of the Phallic Cult - name means 'groves' -
   they would go out on high hills with groves and trees and have
  sexual orgies with child sacrifice to 'worship Baal and Asherah/
or the 'incense altars' {chamman - used in idolatry}.

9 In that day
shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough,
and an uppermost branch,
which they left because of the children of Israel
and there shall be desolation.

10 Because you have forgotten the 'Elohiym/Godhead
of your deliverance/salvation,
and has not been mindful of the Rock of your strength,
therefore shall you plant pleasant plants,
and shall set it with strange slips.

{Note: Up until the Millennial Rule of Christ, many Jews will reject Him as the Rock of Ages.}

11 In the day
shall you make your plant to grow,
and in the morning
shall you make your seed to flourish.

But the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief
and of desperate sorrow.

12 Woe to the multitude of many people,
which make a noise like the noise of the seas.

And to the rushing of nations,
that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters.

But 'Elohiym/Godhead shall rebuke them,
and they shall flee far off,
and shall be chased
as the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

14 And behold at evening time trouble . . .
and before the morning he is not.

This is the portion of those who spoil us,
and the lot of those who rob us.