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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Slog Bible Study: Isaiah 17:1

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Isaiah 17:1
Damascus is doomed!
It will end up in ruins.



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Pridge Wessea 1
Well played Goldy.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on September 15, 2013 at 7:10 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 2
See?!?! The bible really is relevant in a stopped clock being right twice a day sorta way
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on September 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM · Report this
Wherewith out of the North cometh swiftly Vladimir Putin to saveth the day.
Posted by Nate Dogg on September 15, 2013 at 8:17 AM · Report this
venomlash 4
Just spent a day reading liturgy heavily peppered with Isaiah.
Posted by venomlash on September 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 5
Not to worry, the American tax payer will rebuilt it.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on September 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
raindrop 6
What pairs well with a peppered Isaiah?
Posted by raindrop on September 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7

A Salted Lot?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 8
Isaiah is known as a prophet isn't he?
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on September 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 9
@7: I'd say something strong and earthy, like a nicely aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on September 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Old news ..... recycling news on a slow day is obviously an old trick.... How many times have Damascus, Babylon, Jerusalem etc been destroyed over the last few millennia???
Posted by pupuguru on September 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM · Report this
rob! 11
One man's Mede is another man's Persian.
Posted by rob! on September 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM · Report this
Fun. First observation: the prophecy has been wrong for 2000 years, and it's still not right yet. It might be, in a few months, or a few years, or another millennium. Who knows?

Sooner or later, everything that isn't physically impossible might come to pass. As for when, that's always the hard part.

What are the current Vegas odds on it?
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on September 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM · Report this
Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delenda.
Posted by TheLurker on September 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM · Report this
@4 Yom Kippur liturgy has lots of Isaiah & Ezekiel passages. Funny how human existence hasn't changed in 2,000 years. Same human nature, better technology!
Posted by pat L on September 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Everything old is new again.
Posted by jeffg166 on September 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
venomlash 17
@13: Damascus was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian Empire in the 700s BCE and spent about a century in a dark age, and it was all but torn down by the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 CE after a series of pro-Umayyad revolts, not to return to prominence for roughly 300 years.
Shit, just Google stuff before you read it.
Posted by venomlash on September 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM · Report this
@17 Maybe I was reading "doomed" as meaning it would be obliterated, wiped out, rendered uninhabitable, never to rise again. Sure, it has fallen on hard times in the past, but it has never been abandoned. Compare and contrast the Second Temple.

Consider the translation in the New Life Version:

"The special word about Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city. It will be destroyed and laid waste."

...and the New Revised Standard Edition:

" An oracle concerning Damascus.
See, Damascus will cease to be a city, and will become a heap of ruins.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on September 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM · Report this
Purocuyu 19
This is why you move out of the ghetto your parents mistakenly bought a home in. You don't stick around and hope the gangsters will start making murals, and the drug dealers will recognize that children aren't proper customers. And you certainly don't stay if your city has been doomed for literally thousands of years. Move. Good for you, good for me.
Posted by Purocuyu on September 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM · Report this

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