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it will not look to the altars,
    the work of its hands,
and it will not see what its fingers made
    and the poles of Asherah worship and the incense altars.

On that day, its fortified cities[a] will be like the abandonment of the wooded place and the summit,[b] which they deserted because of the children of Israel; and there will be desolation.

10 For you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
    and you have not remembered the rock of your refuge;
therefore you plant plants of pleasantness,
    and you plant[c] a vine of a foreigner.

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  1. Isaiah 17:9 Literally “the cities of his fortress”
  2. Isaiah 17:9 Perhaps this difficult phrase originally read “abandonment of the wooded heights of the Amorites”
  3. Isaiah 17:10 Literally “plant it”

They will not look to the altars,(A)
    the work of their hands,(B)
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a](C)
    and the incense altars their fingers(D) have made.

In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth.(E) And all will be desolation.

10 You have forgotten(F) God your Savior;(G)
    you have not remembered the Rock,(H) your fortress.(I)
Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
    and plant imported vines,(J)

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  1. Isaiah 17:8 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah

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