The burden of Damascus. Lo, Damascus is taken away from being
a city, And it hath been a heap -- a ruin.
Forsaken are the cities of Aroer, For droves they are, and
they have lain down, And there is none troubling.
And ceased hath the fortress from Ephraim, And the kingdom
from Damascus, And the remnant of Aram are as the honour of the sons of Israel,
The affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts!
And it hath come to pass, in that day, Wax poor doth the
honour of Jacob, And the fatness of his flesh doth wax lean.
And it hath come to pass, As the gathering by the reaper of
the standing corn, And his arm the ears reapeth, And it hath come to pass, As
the gathering of the ears in the valley of Rephaim,
And left in him have been gleanings, As the compassing of an
olive, Two -- three berries on the top of a branch, Four -- five on the
fruitful boughs, The affirmation of Jehovah, God of Israel!
In that day doth man look to His Maker, Yea, his eyes to the
Holy One of Israel look,
And he looketh not unto the altars. The work of his own
hands, And that which his own fingers made He seeth not -- the shrines and the
In that day are the cities of his strength As the forsaken
thing of the forest, And the branch that they have left, Because of the sons of
Israel, It also hath been a desolation.
Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, And
the rock of thy strength hast not remembered, Therefore thou plantest plants of
pleasantness, And with a strange slip sowest it,
In the day thy plant thou causest to become great, And in
the morning thy seed makest to flourish, A heap is the harvest in a day
of overflowing, And of mortal pain.
Wo to the multitude of many peoples, As the sounding
of seas they sound; And to the wasting of nations, As the wasting of
mighty waters they are wasted.
Nations as the wasting of many waters are wasted, And He
hath pushed against it, And it hath fled afar off, And been pursued as chaff of
hills before wind, And as a rolling thing before a hurricane.
At even-time, lo, terror, before morning it is not, This is
the portion of our spoilers, And the lot of our plunderers!