Isaiah 17:5-10

A  (5)  And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

B  (6)  Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.

C  (7)  At that day shall a man

look to his Maker,

E  and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

D’  (8)  And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands,

E’  neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

C’  (9)  In that day shall his

B’  strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

A’  (10)  Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: (11)  In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

2 thoughts on “Isaiah 17:5-10”

  1. Thanks Richard. Maybe. My thinking was that the structure currently contrasts acknowledging God (D) instead of false gods (D’) and respecting God (E) instead of respecting false gods (E’). But I am not definitely sure that this is the correct structure. I am happy to be corrected.

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