Syria and Israel are threatened.
Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus: Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a citie, and it shalbe a ruinous heape. Isaiah 17:2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall bee for flockes, which shall lye downe, and none shall make [them] afraid. Isaiah 17:3 The fortresse also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdome from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall bee as the glorie of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hostes. Isaiah 17:4 And in that day it shall come to passe, [that] the glory of Iacob shall bee made thinne, and the fatnesse of his flesh shall waxe leane. Isaiah 17:5 And it shall be as when the haruest-man gathereth the corne, and reapeth the eares with his arme; and it shalbe as he that gathereth eares in the valley of Rephaim.
A remnant shall forsake idolatry.
Isaiah 17:6 (Yet gleaning-grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an Oliue tree, two or three berries in the toppe of the vppermost bough: foure or fiue in the out-most fruitfull branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. Isaiah 17:7 At that day shall a man looke to his Maker, and his eyes shall haue respect to the Holy one of Israel. Isaiah 17:8 And hee shall not looke to the altars, the worke of his handes, neither shall respect that which his fingers haue made, either the groues or the images.)
The rest shall be plagued for their impiety.
Isaiah 17:9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an vppermost branch, which they left, because of the children of Israel: and there shalbe desolation. Isaiah 17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy saluation, and hast not beene mindfull of the rocke of thy strength: therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips. Isaiah 17:11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seede to flourish: [but] the haruest [shall be] a heape in the day of griefe, and of desperate sorrow.
The woe of Israel's enemies.
Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, [which] make a noise, like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, [that] make a rushing, like the rushing of mighty waters. Isaiah 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but [God] shall rebuke them, and they shall flee farre off, and shalbe chased as the chaffe of the mountaines before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlewind. Isaiah 17:14 And behold at euening tide trouble, [and] before the morning he [is] not: this [is] the portion of them that spoile vs, and the lot of them that robbe vs.