The Valley of Rephaim

Isaiah 17:5.  “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.

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I should have included this verse with vv. 3-4. It is a continuation  of that narrative, describing the destruction of Damascus and Ephraim. The valley of Rephaim was also known as the Valley of the Giants.

You can read about some of the history involving the Valley here: Joshua 15:8 ; 18:162 Samuel 5:17-222 Samuel 23:15-17.

It was believed that giants lived in this valley, and indeed it does seem there was an abundance of men like Goliath, who were taller and bigger than the ordinary men of Israel.

The reference to reaping refers to the custom of gathering several stalks of wheat (called corn) in one hand and cutting them with a sickle in the other. This was the picture of the defeat that would be suffered at the hands of Assyria.

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