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Isaiah Chapter 17 Summary

Welcome to, your online Bible Study supplement source. Today we have a chapter summary on Isaiah chapter 17. Before we get to the summary, let’s review the chapter below.

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

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

3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria (Aram): they shall be as the glory of the children of Akobe, saith the Almighty of hosts.

4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Akobe shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

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.

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 Almighty Power of Akobe.

7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Akobe.

8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves or the images.

9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Akobe: and there shall be desolation.

10 Because thou hast forgotten the Power 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.

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!

13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but the Great Creator shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

14 And behold at evening tide trouble, and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoils us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Isaiah chapter 17 summary:

The chapter contains a prophetic message attributed to Isaiah. The fate of the city of Damascus and the nation of Aram is addressed. Remember, according to recent research and developments, Damascus of the Bible is not the modern-day capital of modern-day Syria. Damascus in the Bible is modern-day Damasak, in northern Nigeria (see ATLOS).

Through Isaiah, the Almighty indicates the desolation and ruin that would befall Damascus, the capital of Aram. The desolation is due to its disobedience and disregard for divine authority.

In this chapter, Isaiah foretells the destruction of Damascus, reducing it to a mere heap of ruins. This impending judgment serves as a sobering reminder of the Creator’s ultimate sovereignty over nations. This includes those outside the borders of the House of Akobe.

The prophecy extends to the downfall of Ephraim’s…

…fortress and the end of the kingdom in Damascus, with the remnant of Aram (Syria) sharing the same fate as the children of Akobe. This downfall is described as a thinning of glory. A thinning glory with the fatness and richness of Akobe becoming lean. This is akin to a reaper harvesting corn and the minimal leftovers after olive tree shaking.

This time will prompt a shift in devotion and focus. It will be a time where people will turn away from their handmade altars and idols. Instead looking towards their Maker and showing respect to the Holy One of Akobe. The chapter describes the cities of the unfaithful as abandoned branches. This highlights the consequences of forgetting the Almighty and relying on one’s own strength.

The chapter also warns of the consequences of planting foreign plants…

…foretelling that although they may grow, they will ultimately yield a harvest of grief and sorrow. The chapter concludes with a depiction of the tumult caused by the multitudes of people and rushing nations. They are likened to the noise of seas and rushing waters.

However, it is said that the Almighty will rebuke these forces, causing them to flee. They will be scattered like chaff in the wind. Illustrating the transient nature of their power and the inevitable downfall of those who spoil and rob the people.

This is the summary of Isaiah chapter 17, Glory to the King of the House of Akobe.

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Minister Koko


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