The Ransom of the People of The LORD1 Ask of the lord for rain according to season, the early and late rain. The lord made a visible display; and the rain of winter he gives to them; to each, pasturage in the field. 2 For the ones declaring maxims speak troubles, and the clairvoyants [2visions 1false]; and [3dreams 2false 1they speak]. In vain they comfort. On account of this they dry up as sheep, and they were afflicted that there was no healing. 3 [3over 4the 5shepherds 2was provoked 1My rage], and over the lambs I visit]. And [4will visit 1the lord 2God 3almighty] his flock, the house of Judah. And he shall order them as [2horse 1his good-looking] in battle. 4 And from him he looked out upon, and from him he ordered a bow in rage, and from him shall come forth every expedition by him. 5 And they shall be as warriors treading mud in the ways in battle. And they shall deploy, because the lord is with them, and [3shall be disgraced 1the riders 2of horses]. 6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah. And the house of Joseph I will deliver. And I will settle them; for I loved them. And they will be in which manner when [3not 2them 1I disowned]. Because I am the lord their God, and I shall take heed of them. 7 And they will be as warriors to Ephraim, and [2shall rejoice 1their heart] as with wine. And their children shall see, and be glad, and [2shall rejoice 1their heart] over the lord. 8 I will signify for them, and I will take them in. For I will ransom them, and they shall be multiplied, in so far as they were many. 9 And I will sow them among peoples, and the ones far off shall remember me. And they shall nourish their children, and they shall return. 10 And I will turn them from out of the land of Egypt; and from the Assyrians I will take them in; and into the land of Gilead, and into Lebanon I will bring them; and in no way should there be left behind of them not even one. 11 And they shall go through by [2sea 1the narrow], and they shall strike [2in 3the sea 1waves]; and [5shall be dried up 1all 2the 3depths 4of rivers]. And [5shall be removed 1all 2the 3insolence 4of the Assyrians]; and the staff of Egypt shall be removed. 12 And I will strengthen them in the lord their God; and in his name they shall boast, says the lord.
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