Judah and Israel will be Restored1 Ask the LORD for rain in springtime; the LORD makes the storm clouds, and He will give them showers of rain and crops of the field for everyone. 2 For idols speak deceit and diviners see illusions; they tell false dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore the people wander like sheep, oppressed for lack of a shepherd. 3 “My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders. ▼
▼ Or these male goatsFor the LORD of Hosts attends to His flock, the house of Judah; He will make them like His royal steed in battle. 4 The cornerstone will come from Judah, the tent peg from him, as well as the battle bow and every ruler together. 5 They will be like mighty men in battle, trampling [the enemy] in the mire of the streets. They will fight because the LORD is with them, and they will put the horsemen to shame. 6 I will strengthen the house of Judah and deliver the house of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them, and they will be as though I had not rejected them. For I am the LORD their God, and I will answer them. 7 Ephraim will be like a mighty man, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the LORD. 8 I will whistle for them to gather, for I have redeemed them; and they will be as numerous as they once were. 9 Though I sow them among the nations, they will remember Me in distant lands; they and their children will live and return. 10 I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon until no [more room] is found for them. 11 They will pass through the sea of distress and strike the waves of the sea; all the depths of the Nile will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt will depart. 12 I will strengthen them in the LORD, and in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.
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