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and I said:

When the Lord roars
    from Jerusalem,
pasturelands and Mount Carmel
    dry up and turn brown.

Judgment on Syria

The Lord said:

I will punish Syria[a]
for countless crimes,
    and I won’t change my mind.
They dragged logs with spikes[b]
    over the people of Gilead.
Now I will burn down the palaces
and fortresses
of King Hazael
    and of King Benhadad.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.3 Syria: The Hebrew text has “Damascus,” the leading city of Syria.
  2. 1.3 logs with spikes: These were dragged over grain to thresh it.
  3. 1.4 Hazael. . . Benhadad: Two Syrian kings.

He said:

“The Lord roars(A) from Zion
    and thunders(B) from Jerusalem;(C)
the pastures of the shepherds dry up,
    and the top of Carmel(D) withers.”(E)

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Damascus,(F)
    even for four, I will not relent.(G)
Because she threshed Gilead
    with sledges having iron teeth,
I will send fire(H) on the house of Hazael(I)
    that will consume the fortresses(J) of Ben-Hadad.(K)

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