God Will Bless Judah and Ephraim1 Ask a rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain— The Lord who b makes the ▼
▼ Or thunderboltsstorm clouds;
And He will give them d showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.
2 For the e teraphim speak ▼
▼ Or futilityiniquity,
And the g diviners see ▼
▼ Lit a lielying visions
And tell i false dreams;
They comfort in vain.
Therefore the people ▼
▼ Lit journeywander like k sheep,
They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.
3 “My l anger is kindled against the shepherds,
And I will punish the ▼
▼ I.e. leadersmale goats;
For the Lord of hosts has n visited His flock, the house of Judah,
And will make them like His majestic horse in battle.
4 “From ▼ them will come the p cornerstone,
From ▼ them the tent peg,
From ▼ them the bow of s battle,
From ▼ them every ▼
▼ Or oppressorruler, all of them together.
5 “They will be as mighty men,
v Treading down the enemy in the mire of the streets in battle;
And they will fight, for the Lord will be with them;
And the w riders on horses will be put to shame.
6 “I will x strengthen the house of Judah,
And I will y save the house of Joseph,
And I will ▼
▼ Or make them dwell, aa bring them back,
Because I have had ab compassion on them;
And they will be as though I had ac not rejected them,
For I am the Lord their God and I will ad answer them.
7 “Ephraim will be like a mighty man,
And their heart will be glad as if from wine;
Indeed, their ae children will see it and be glad,
▼ Or Let their heart rejoiceTheir heart will rejoice in the Lord.
8 “I will ag whistle for them to gather them together,
For I have redeemed them;
And they will be as ah numerous as they ▼
▼ Lit were numerous, aj were before.
9 “When I ▼
▼ Lit sowscatter them among the peoples,
They will al remember Me in far countries,
And they with their children will live and come back.
10 “I will am bring them back from the land of Egypt
And gather them from Assyria;
And I will bring them into the land of an Gilead and Lebanon
▼ Lit AndUntil ap no room can be found for them.
11 “And they will pass through the aq sea of distress
And He will strike the waves in the sea,
So that all the depths of the ar Nile will dry up;
And the pride of as Assyria will be brought down
And the scepter of at Egypt will depart.
12 “And I will au strengthen them in the Lord,
And in His name av they will walk,” declares the Lord.
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