Isaiah 17
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1  The “Damascus” Pronouncement. Behold, Damascus shall cease to be a city; It shall become a heap of ruins.

א  מַשָּׂא דַּמָּשֶׂק הִנֵּה דַמֶּשֶׂק מוּסָר מֵעִיר וְהָיְתָה מְעִי מַפָּלָה׃

2  The towns of Aroer shall be deserted; They shall be a place for flocks To lie down, with none disturbing.

ב  עֲזֻבוֹת עָרֵי עֲרֹעֵר לַעֲדָרִים תִּהְיֶינָה וְרָבְצוּ וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד׃

3  Fortresses shall cease from Efraim, And sovereignty from Damascus; The remnant of Aram shall become Like the mass of Israelites —declares the lord of Hosts.

ג  וְנִשְׁבַּת מִבְצָר מֵאֶפְרַיִם וּמַמְלָכָה מִדַּמֶּשֶׂק וּשְׁאָר אֲרָם כִּכְבוֹד בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל יִהְיוּ נְאֻם יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת׃

4  In that day, The mass of Yaakov shall dwindle, And the fatness of his body become lean:

ד  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִדַּל כְּבוֹד יַעֲקֹב וּמִשְׁמַן בְּשָׂרוֹ יֵרָזֶה׃

5  After 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.

ה  וְהָיָה כֶּאֱסֹף קָצִיר קָמָה וּזְרֹעוֹ שִׁבֳּלִים יִקְצוֹר וְהָיָה כִּמְלַקֵּט שִׁבֳּלִים בְּעֵמֶק רְפָאִים׃

6  Only gleanings shall be left of him, As when one beats an olive tree: Two berries or three on the topmost branch, Four or five on the boughs of the crown —declares Hashem, the God of Yisrael.

ו  וְנִשְׁאַר־בּוֹ עוֹלֵלֹת כְּנֹקֶף זַיִת שְׁנַיִם שְׁלֹשָׁה גַּרְגְּרִים בְּרֹאשׁ אָמִיר אַרְבָּעָה חֲמִשָּׁה בִּסְעִפֶיהָ פֹּרִיָּה נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

7  In that day, men shall turn to their Maker, their eyes look to the Holy One of Yisrael;

ba-YOM ha-HU yish-EH ha-a-DAM al o-SAY-hu v’-ay-NAV el k’-DOSH yis-ra-AYL tir-E-nah

ז  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִשְׁעֶה הָאָדָם עַל־עֹשֵׂהוּ וְעֵינָיו אֶל־קְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל תִּרְאֶינָה׃

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.

ח  וְלֹא יִשְׁעֶה אֶל־הַמִּזְבְּחוֹת מַעֲשֵׂה יָדָיו וַאֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ אֶצְבְּעֹתָיו לֹא יִרְאֶה וְהָאֲשֵׁרִים וְהָחַמָּנִים׃

9  In that day, their fortress cities shall be like the deserted sites which the Horesh and the Amir abandoned because of the Israelites; and there shall be desolation.

ט  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיוּ עָרֵי מָעֻזּוֹ כַּעֲזוּבַת הַחֹרֶשׁ וְהָאָמִיר אֲשֶׁר עָזְבוּ מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְהָיְתָה שְׁמָמָה׃

10  Truly, 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 sapling, What you sow proves a disappointing slip.

י  כִּי שָׁכַחַתְּ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׁעֵךְ וְצוּר מָעֻזֵּךְ לֹא זָכָרְתְּ עַל־כֵּן תִּטְּעִי נִטְעֵי נַעֲמָנִים וּזְמֹרַת זָר תִּזְרָעֶנּוּ׃

11  On 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.

יא  בְּיוֹם נִטְעֵךְ תְּשַׂגְשֵׂגִי וּבַבֹּקֶר זַרְעֵךְ תַּפְרִיחִי נֵד קָצִיר בְּיוֹם נַחֲלָה וּכְאֵב אָנוּשׁ׃

12  Ah, the roar of many peoples That roar as roars the sea, The rage of nations that rage As rage the mighty waters—

יב  הוֹי הֲמוֹן עַמִּים רַבִּים כַּהֲמוֹת יַמִּים יֶהֱמָיוּן וּשְׁאוֹן לְאֻמִּים כִּשְׁאוֹן מַיִם כַּבִּירִים יִשָּׁאוּן׃

13  Nations 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.

יג  לְאֻמִּים כִּשְׁאוֹן מַיִם רַבִּים יִשָּׁאוּן וְגָעַר בּוֹ וְנָס מִמֶּרְחָק וְרֻדַּף כְּמֹץ הָרִים לִפְנֵי־רוּחַ וּכְגַלְגַּל לִפְנֵי סוּפָה׃

14  At eventide, lo, terror! By morning, it is no more. Such is the lot of our despoilers,The portion of them that plunder us.

יד  לְעֵת עֶרֶב וְהִנֵּה בַלָּהָה בְּטֶרֶם בֹּקֶר אֵינֶנּוּ זֶה חֵלֶק שׁוֹסֵינוּ וְגוֹרָל לְבֹזְזֵינוּ׃

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  • seeker

    Verses 7-8: In that day, men shall turn to their Maker, their eyes look to the Holy One of Yisrael; 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.

    From the very beginning of created life on this earth, HaShem has desired a relationship with His creation. (In Genesis 3:8-10, it’s pretty obvious that HaShem was in a habit of meeting with Adam and Eve, and they with Him—otherwise they wouldn’t have been concerned about their nakedness.) The altars, the sacred posts and incense stands all have their place, but there’s no substitute for that personal interaction with HaShem Most High!

  • Yeshurun Last Week

    Note how this interesting chapter (17) of Isaiah ends:
    << Ah, the uproar [המון] of many peoples, who roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters: but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm. At evening, behold, terror! Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us. >>
    There is a clear reference to the story of Esther.
    In the first sentence of verse 12 the word המון resembles the name Haman which became a reason to make a lot of noise at the commemoration of Purim.

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