1. The Fall of Damascus.*
Damascus shall pass from being a city
and shall become a [place of] ruin, and collapse.
2. And there shall be abandoned the cities of the accuser
and they shall become [the pastures]
where the circumcised shall recline,
and there shall be [no one] to molest them.*
3. "And the power shall be returned from Aprim*
and the kingdom from Darmasoq,*
and the remnant of Aprim shall become as the honor
of the Sons of Israel," said the Almighty Lord.*
4. And on that Day the glory of Jacob shall be impoverished
and the plumbness of his flesh shall be dishonored.
5. And he shall be like the one who gathers the harvest of sheaves,*
and his arm harvests [the wheat] in bundles,
and he shall be like the one who picks up the bundles
in the depths of Rephaim.
6. "And there shall remain in it a scattering,*
with* two, three olives at the end of its branches,
and four and five," said the Lord God* of Israel.
7. In it, on that Day, a human [being] shall have reliance on his Maker
and his eyes shall gaze upon the Holy One* of Israel.
8. And he shall not have reliance over the altars that his hands have made
and he shall not look to the idols and superstitions.*
9. On that Day, their great cities shall be like the caverns of sorcery,
and [the one who rules] is adhered to by the Children of Israel,
and they shall all be [subject] to destruction.
10. That you lost your Allaha,* your Savior,
and you did not recall your sustainer who strengthened you;
because of that you shall plant the planting of pleasure,
you shall sow them as foreign offshoots.
11. On the Day that he wishes, there shall emerge the tendrils,
and in the morning your seed shall blossom,
like the yoke of harvest on a short day,
and like a man's sickness.
12. Woe to the might of great nations,
whose voice goes forth like the sound of oceans,
and the tumult of motherlands.
13. Like the sound of great waters,
he shall cry out against him,
and he flees far away,
and he runs like the straw of the mountains before the spirit,
and like the grass before the storm.
14. In the evening,* and, behold,
there is violence until it is morning,
and he does not delay,
this is the sharing of our oppressor
and the favor of our plunderer.*
*17:1 Lit. Aramaic: "Darmasoq"
*17:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "There will be no molestation there."
*17:3.1 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Ephraim."
*17:3.2 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "Damascus."
*17:3.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Maryah." Reference to Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.
*17:5 Lit. Ar. id.: "Standing."
*17:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Froth."
*17:6.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*17:6.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Maryah Allaha." Reference is to Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.
*17:7 NB! Reference is to Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.
*17:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "Objects of fear."
*17:10 Lit. Aramaic retained: "God." Reference is to Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah.
*17:14.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Season of evening."
*17:14.2 NB! Ironic conclusion.
Posted Dec. 4, 2011
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