Judgement Against Israel's Enemies1 An Oracle: The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach and will rest upon Damascus— for the eyes of men and of all the tribes of Israel are upon the LORD— ▼
▼ Or for the eye of the LORD is on all men and all the tribes of Israel2 and also upon Hamath, which borders it, as well as Tyre and Sidon, though they are very shrewd. 3 Tyre has built herself a fortress; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets. 4 Behold, the Lord will impoverish her and cast her power into the sea, and she will be consumed by fire. 5 Ashkelon will see and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, as will Ekron, for her hope will wither. There will cease to be a king in Gaza, and Ashkelon will be uninhabited. 6 A mixed race will occupy Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will remove the blood from their mouths and the abominations from between their teeth. Then they too will become a remnant for our God; they will become like a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites. 8 But I will camp around My house because of an army, because of those who march to and fro, and never again will an oppressor overrun [My people] , for now I keep watch with My own eyes.
Zion's Coming King9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem, and the bow of war will be broken. Then He will proclaim peace to the nations; His dominion will extend from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates ▼
▼ Hebrew the Riverto the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of [My] covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; even today I declare that I will restore to you double. 13 For I will bend Judah as My bow and fit it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against the sons of Greece. I will make you like the sword of a mighty man.
The LORD will Save His People14 Then the LORD will appear over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and advance in the whirlwinds of the south. 15 The LORD of Hosts will shield them. They will consume and conquer with slingstones; they will drink [and] roar as with wine. And they will be filled like [sacrificial] basins, [drenched] like the corners of the altar. 16 On that day the LORD their God will save them as the flock of His people; for like jewels in a crown, they will sparkle over His land. 17 How lovely they will be, and how beautiful! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine, the young women.
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