Isaiah 17:2
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New International Version
The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.

New Living Translation
The towns of Aroer will be deserted. Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed, with no one to chase them away.

English Standard Version
The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.

New American Standard Bible
"The cities of Aroer are forsaken; They will be for flocks to lie down in, And there will be no one to frighten them.

King James Bible
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be places for flocks. They will lie down without fear.

International Standard Version
The cities of Oraru will be deserted— they will be devoted to herds that will lay at rest, and terrorism will be no more.

NET Bible
The cities of Aroer are abandoned. They will be used for herds, which will lie down there in peace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The cities of Aroer will be deserted. These cities will be used for sheep, which will lie down in them. There will be no one to disturb those sheep.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

King James 2000 Bible
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

American King James Version
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

American Standard Version
The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The cities of Aroer shall be left for flocks, and they shall rest there, and there shall be none to make them afraid.

Darby Bible Translation
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks; and they shall lie down and there shall be none to make them afraid.

English Revised Version
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Webster's Bible Translation
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

World English Bible
The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Young's Literal Translation
Forsaken are the cities of Aroer, For droves they are, and they have lain down, And there is none troubling.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - The cities of Aroer are forsaken. That the Aroer of this passage cannot be either that on the Arnon, or that facing Rabbath-Ammon (Joshua 13:25), has long been perceived and recognized (see Mr. Grove's article on "Aroer" in the 'Dict. of the Bible,' vol. 1. p. 115). It is evidently a city of the same name lying much further towards the north. Arid it is a city of far greater importance, having "cities" dependent on it. Now, Sargon's annals tell us of a "Gal'gar," a name well expressing the Hebrew ערער, which was united in a league with Damascus, Samaria, Arpad, and Simyra, in the second year of Sargon, and was the scene of a great battle and a great destruction. Sargon besieged it, took it, and reduced it to ashes ('Records of the Past,' 50.s.e.). There is every reason to recognize the "Aroer" of this verse in the "Gargar" of Sargon's inscriptions. They shall be for flocks (comp. Isaiah 5:17; Isaiah 7:25). It marked the very extreme of desolation, that cattle should be pastured on the sites of cities. None shall make them afraid; i.e. "there shall be no inhabitants to make any objection."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The cities of Aroer are forsaken,.... The inhabitants of them being slain, or carried captive, or obliged to flee. Aroer was a city by the river Arnon, on the borders of Moab and Ammon, Deuteronomy 2:36, Deuteronomy 3:12, it was originally in the hands of the Amorites, and sometimes in the hands of the Moabites and Ammonites: it was given by Moses to the Reubenites and, Gadites, from whom it was taken by the Syrians, and in whose possession it seems to have been at this time; see 2 Kings 10:33 though Jarchi thinks it was now in the hands of Pekah king of Israel, and said to be forsaken, because the Reubenites and Gadites were now carried captive. Jerom (m) says it was seen in his time, upon the top of the mountain. Here it seems to designs a country of this name, in which were many cities. Grotius thinks it was a tract of land in Syria, the same with the Aveira of Ptolemy (n). Vitringa is of opinion that Damascus itself is meant, which was a double city, like that divided by the river Chrysorrhoas, as this was by Arnon.

They shall be for flocks which shall lie down; instead of houses, there should be sheepcotes and shepherds' tents, and instead of men, sheep; and where streets were, grass would grow, and flocks feed and lie down; which is expressive of the utter desolation of these cities, or this tract of ground:

and none shall make them afraid; the flocks of sheep, timorous creatures, easily frightened; but so great should be the depopulation now, there would be no man upon the spot, or any pass by, to give them any disturbance.

(m) De locis. Heb. fol. 87. 1.((n) Geograph. l. 5. c. 15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. cities of Aroer—that is, the cities round Aroer, and under its jurisdiction [Gesenius]. So "cities with their villages" (Jos 15:44); "Heshbon and all her cities" (Jos 13:17). Aroer was near Rabbahammon, at the river of Gad, an arm of the Jabbok (2Sa 24:5), founded by the Gadites (Nu 32:34).

for flocks—(Isa 5:17).

Isaiah 17:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
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. 3"The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, And sovereignty from Damascus And the remnant of Aram; They will be like the glory of the sons of Israel," Declares the LORD of hosts.…
Cross References
Numbers 32:34
The Gadites built up Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,

Job 11:19
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

Isaiah 7:21
In that day, a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats.

Isaiah 7:22
And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey.

Isaiah 27:10
The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the wilderness; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.

Ezekiel 25:5
I will turn Rabbah into a pasture for camels and Ammon into a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 39:26
They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid.

Micah 4:4
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.

Zephaniah 2:6
The land by the sea will become pastures having wells for shepherds and pens for flocks.
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The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Aroer

Numbers 32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,

Deuteronomy 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from …

Deuteronomy 3:12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which …

Joshua 13:16 And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of the river …

Jeremiah 48:19 O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy; ask him that flees, …

they shall

Isaiah 5:17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places …

Isaiah 7:23-25 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, …

Ezekiel 25:5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching …

Zephaniah 2:6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, …

none

Jeremiah 7:33 And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the …

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