The Restoration for Judah and Israel1 Ask rain afrom the Lord
in the season of bthe spring rain,
from the Lord cwho makes the storm clouds,
and dhe will give them showers of rain,
to everyone the vegetation in the field.
2For ethe household gods futter nonsense,
and the diviners see lies;
gthey tell false dreams
and give empty consolation.
Therefore hthe people wander like sheep;
they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
3 i“My anger is hot against the shepherds,
and jI will punish the leaders; ▼
▼Hebrew the male goats
for lthe Lord of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.
4From him shall come mthe cornerstone,
from him nthe tent peg,
from him the battle bow,
from him every ruler— oall of them together.
5They shall be like mighty men in battle,
ptrampling the foe in the mud of the streets;
they shall fight because the Lord is with them,
and they shall put to shame qthe riders on horses.
6 r“I will strengthen the house of Judah,
and sI will save the house of Joseph.
tI will bring them back ubecause I have compassion on them,
and they shall be as though I had not rejected them,
for vI am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
7Then Ephraim shall become like a mighty warrior,
and wtheir hearts shall be glad as with wine.
Their children shall see it and be glad;
their hearts shall rejoice in the Lord.
8 x“I will whistle for them and ygather them in,
for I have redeemed them,
and zthey shall be as many as they were before.
9 aaThough I scattered them among the nations,
yet in far countries abthey shall remember me,
and with their children they shall live and return.
10 acI will bring them home from the land of Egypt,
and gather them from Assyria,
and adI will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon,
aetill there is no room for them.
11 afHe shall pass through the sea of troubles
and strike down the waves of the sea,
agand all the depths of the Nile shall be dried up.
The pride of Assyria shall be laid low,
and ahthe scepter of Egypt shall depart.
12 aiI will make them strong in the Lord,
and ajthey shall walk in his name,”
declares the Lord.
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