cSee 1 Kgs. 22:24
mSee Isa. 11:3-5
afEx. 34:13; See Deut. 16:21
The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem1 ▼
▼Ch 4:14 in HebrewNow muster your troops, O daughter ▼
▼That is, cityof troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod cthey strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
▼Ch 5:1 in HebreweBut you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of fJudah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be gruler in Israel,
hwhose coming forth is ifrom of old,
from ancient days.
3Therefore he shall give them up juntil the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then kthe rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4And he shall stand land shepherd his flock min the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now nhe shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5And he shall be otheir peace.
pWhen the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven qshepherds
and eight princes of men;
6they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of rNimrod at its entrances;
and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian
swhen he comes into our land
and treads within our border.
A Remnant Shall Be Delivered7 Then tthe remnant of Jacob shall be
in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
like showers on the grass,
which delay not for a man
nor wait for the children of man.
8And uthe remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations,
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
vwhich, when it goes through, treads down
and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
9Your hand shall wbe lifted up over your adversaries,
and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And xin that day, declares the Lord,
yI will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
11 zand I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;
12and I will cut off aasorceries from your hand,
and abyou shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
13and acI will cut off your carved images
and adyour pillars from among you,
aeand you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
14and I will root out your afAsherah images from among you
agand destroy your cities.
15And in anger and wrath ahI will execute vengeance
on the nations that did not obey.
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