Isaiah 17:1
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New International Version
A prophecy against Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.

New Living Translation
This message came to me concerning Damascus: "Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins.

English Standard Version
An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.

New American Standard Bible
The oracle concerning Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city And will become a fallen ruin.

King James Bible
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An oracle against Damascus: Look, Damascus is no longer a city. It has become a ruined heap.

International Standard Version
A message about Damascus: "Look! Damascus will cease to be a city. Instead, it will become a pile of ruins.

NET Bible
Here is a message about Damascus: "Look, Damascus is no longer a city, it is a heap of ruins!

New Heart English Bible
The burden of Damascus: "Look, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the divine revelation about Damascus. "Damascus will no longer be a city. It will become a pile of rubble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, And it shall be a ruinous heap.

New American Standard 1977
The oracle concerning Damascus.
            “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city,
            And it will become a fallen ruin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

King James 2000 Bible
The burden concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

American King James Version
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

American Standard Version
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THE burden of Damascus. Behold Damascus shall cease to be a city, and shall be as a ruinous heap of stones.

Darby Bible Translation
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

English Revised Version
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Webster's Bible Translation
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

World English Bible
The burden of Damascus: "Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.

Young's Literal Translation
The burden of Damascus. Lo, Damascus is taken away from being a city, And it hath been a heap -- a ruin.
Study Bible
A Prophecy about Damascus
1The oracle concerning Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city And will become a fallen ruin. 2"The cities of Aroer are forsaken; They will be for flocks to lie down in, And there will be no one to frighten them.…
Cross References
Acts 9:2
to ask for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

Genesis 14:15
He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.

Genesis 15:2
Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"

Deuteronomy 13:16
"Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God; and it shall be a ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt.

2 Kings 16:9
So the king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and captured it, and carried the people of it away into exile to Kir, and put Rezin to death.

Isaiah 7:8
"For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people),

Isaiah 7:16
"For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

Isaiah 8:4
for before the boy knows how to cry out 'My father ' or 'My mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria."

Isaiah 10:9
"Is not Calno like Carchemish, Or Hamath like Arpad, Or Samaria like Damascus?

Isaiah 13:1
The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
Treasury of Scripture

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

A.M. cir

Isaiah 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, …

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and …

Damascus

Isaiah 7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; …

Genesis 14:15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, …

Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, LORD God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, …

1 Kings 11:24 And he gathered men to him, and became captain over a band, when …

1 Chronicles 18:5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, …

2 Chronicles 28:5,23 Why the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; …

Jeremiah 49:23-27 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have …

Amos 1:3-5 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for …

Zechariah 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus …

Acts 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if …

Damascus is

Isaiah 8:4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother…

Isaiah 10:9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

2 Kings 16:9 And the king of Assyria listened to him: for the king of Assyria …

ruinous

Isaiah 25:2 For you have made of a city an heap; of a defended city a ruin: a …

Isaiah 37:26 Have you not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, …

Jeremiah 49:2 Therefore, behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will cause …

Micah 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

XVII.

(1) The burden of Damascus.--Syria, it will be remembered, had been "confederate with Ephraim," i.e., with the kingdom of Israel, against Judah in the reign of Ahaz, and the prophet had then foretold its overthrow by Assyria (Isaiah 7:1-16). In 2Kings 16:9, 2 Chron. 28:29, we have a partial fulfilment of that prediction. Writing probably early in the reign of Hezekiah, Isaiah now looks forward to a further fulfilment in the future.

Damascus is taken away from being a city . . .--The words emphasise the result of the Assyrian invasion. The city of ancient days (Genesis 15:2) should lose glory and be no more worthy of the name; struck out, as it were, from the list of the great cities of the world.

The cities of Aroer are forsaken.--The LXX. and other versions seem to have followed a different text, and give, "The cities are forsaken for ever." Taking Aroer as the right reading, we note that there were two cities of the name, one in the tribe of Reuben (Deuteronomy 2:36; Deuteronomy 3:12), afterwards in the possession of Moab (Jeremiah 48:19), and the other in that of Gad, near Rabbah of Ammon (Numbers 32:34; Joshua 13:25; 2Samuel 24:5). The present passage seems to imply a closer connection with Damascus. and therefore a more northern position than that of either of these cities. The latter of the two Just named may, however, have been in alliance with Damascus, and so have shared its fate during the Assyrian invasion. Possibly it may have been chosen for special mention on account of the significance of its name ("laid bare") as ominous of utter ruin. The picture of the "flocks" wandering through the streets of the city reminds us of that of Babylon in Isaiah 13:21.

The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim.--The alliance of the two kingdoms is still prominent in Isaiah's thoughts. Both shall fall, he predicts, together; and, with a stern, grave irony, he paints the downfall of "the remnant of Syria." It shall be "as the glory of the children of Israel," i.e., shall be fleeting and transient as that had been proved to be. There is, perhaps, a special reference to Hosea 9:11, "Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird."

Verses 1-3. - THE BURDEN OF DAMASCUS. The eye of the prophet travels northwards from Moab, and, passing over Ammon as an enemy of small account, rests once more upon Damascus, already threatened in Isaiah 7:1 - 9, and probably already partially punished. Damascus is seen once more in alliance with Ephraim (ver. 3), and the two are joined with a new power, Aroer (ver. 2), which possesses several "cities." Woe is denounced on all the three powers: desolation on Damascus and Aroer; on Damascus and Ephraim, the complete loss of the last shadow of independence. The Assyrian inscriptions point out, as the probable date of the prophecy, the commencement of Sargun's reign - about B.C. 722 or 721. Verse 1. - Damascus is taken away from being a city. According to Vitringa, Damascus has been destroyed oftener than any other town; but it has a wonderful power of rising again from its ashes. Probably a destruction by Sargon is here intended ('Records of the Past,' vol. 9. p. 6). The burden of Damascus,.... A heavy and grievous prophecy, concerning the destruction of it; the Arabic version is,

"the prophecy of Isaiah concerning Damascus;''

and the Targum is,

"the burden of the cup of cursing to give Damascus to drink.''

Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city; a kingdom, as the Targum; it was the head of one, but now its walls were demolished, its houses pulled down, and its inhabitants carried captive; this was done by Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, 2 Kings 16:9 it had been a very ancient city, see Genesis 15:2 and the head of the kingdom of Syria, Isaiah 7:8, and though it underwent this calamity, it was rebuilt again, and was a city of great fame, when destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah 49:24 after which it was raised up again, and was in being in the apostle's time, and still is, Acts 9:22, 2 Corinthians 11:32.

and it shall be a ruinous heap; or a heap of stones, as the Targum and Kimchi interpret it. A "behold" is prefixed to the whole, as being very wonderful and remarkable, unthought of, and unexpected. CHAPTER 17

Isa 17:1-11. Prophecy Concerning Damascus and Its Ally Samaria, that is, Syria and Israel, which had leagued together (seventh and eighth chapters).

Already, Tiglath-pileser had carried away the people of Damascus to Kir, in the fourth year of Ahaz (2Ki 16:9); but now in Hezekiah's reign a further overthrow is foretold (Jer 49:23; Zec 9:1). Also, Shalmaneser carried away Israel from Samaria to Assyria (2Ki 17:6; 18:10, 11) in the sixth year of Hezekiah of Judah (the ninth year of Hoshea of Israel). This prophecy was, doubtless, given previously in the first years of Hezekiah when the foreign nations came into nearer collision with Judah, owing to the threatening aspect of Assyria.

1. Damascus—put before Israel (Ephraim, Isa 17:3), which is chiefly referred to in what follows, because it was the prevailing power in the league; with it Ephraim either stood or fell (Isa 7:1-25).17:1-11 Sin desolates cities. It is strange that great conquerors should take pride in being enemies to mankind; but it is better that flocks should lie down there, than that they should harbour any in open rebellion against God and holiness. The strong holds of Israel, the kingdom of the ten tribes, will be brought to ruin. Those who are partakers in sin, are justly made partakers in ruin. The people had, by sins, made themselves ripe for ruin; and their glory was as quickly cut down and taken away by the enemy, as the corn is out of the field by the husbandman. Mercy is reserved in the midst of judgment, for a remnant. But very few shall be marked to be saved. Only here and there one was left behind. But they shall be a remnant made holy. The few that are saved were awakened to return to God. They shall acknowledge his hand in all events; they shall give him the glory due to his name. To bring us to this, is the design of his providence, as he is our Maker; and the work of his grace, as he is the Holy One of Israel. They shall look off from their idols, the creatures of their own fancy. We have reason to account those afflictions happy, which part between us and our sins. The God of our salvation is the Rock of our strength; and our forgetfulness and unmindfulness of him are at the bottom of all sin. The pleasant plants, and shoots from a foreign soil, are expressions for strange and idolatrous worship, and the vile practices connected therewith. Diligence would be used to promote the growth of these strange slips, but all in vain. See the evil and danger of sin, and its certain consequences.
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