Isaiah 17:2
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New International Version
The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.

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

Darby Bible Translation
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks; and they shall lie down and there shall be none to make them afraid.

World English Bible
The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Young's Literal Translation
Forsaken are the cities of Aroer, For droves they are, and they have lain down, And there is none troubling.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The cities of Aroer are forsaken "The cities are deserted for ever" - What has Aroer on the river Arnon to do with Damascus? and if there be another Aroer on the northern border of the tribe of Gad, as Reland seems to think there might be, this is not much more to the purpose. Besides, the cities of Aroer, if Aroer itself is a city, makes no good sense. The Septuagint, for ערער aroer, read עדי עד adey ad, εις τον αιωνα, for ever, or for a long duration. The Chaldee takes the word for a verb from ערה arah, translating it חרבו cherebu, devastabuntur, "they shall be wasted." The Syriac read עדועיר adoeir. So that the reading is very doubtful. I follow the Septuagint as making the plainest sense.

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Numbers 32:34 And the children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,

Deuteronomy 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even to Gilead...

Deuteronomy 3:12 And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof...

Joshua 13:16 And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that is in the middle of the river...

Jeremiah 48:19 O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and espy; ask him that flees, and her that escapes, and say, What is done?

they shall

Isaiah 5:17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

Isaiah 7:23-25 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand sliver coins...

Ezekiel 25:5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching place for flocks: and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Zephaniah 2:6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.


Jeremiah 7:33 And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth...

The Harvest of a Godless Life
'Because thou hast forgotten the God 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: 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.'--ISAIAH xvii. 10, 11. The original application of these words is to Judah's alliance with Damascus, which Isaiah was dead against.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Numbers 32:34
The Gadites built up Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer,

Job 11:19
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

Isaiah 7:21
In that day, a person will keep alive a young cow and two goats.

Isaiah 7:22
And because of the abundance of the milk they give, there will be curds to eat. All who remain in the land will eat curds and honey.

Isaiah 27:10
The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the wilderness; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.

Ezekiel 25:5
I will turn Rabbah into a pasture for camels and Ammon into a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 39:26
They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid.

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