Zechariah 9

Prophecies against Neighboring Nations

Or oracle
burden of the word of the  Lord is against the land of Hadrach, with b  Damascus as its resting place (for the eyes of men, especially of all the tribes of Israel, are toward the  Lord),
2And c  Hamath also, which borders on it;
d  Tyre and e  Sidon
Or because
I.e. they think they are
they are h  very wise.
3For Tyre built herself a i  fortress
And j  piled up silver like dust,
And k  gold like the mire of the streets.
4Behold, the Lord will l  dispossess her
And cast her wealth into the sea;
And she will be m  consumed with fire.
5Ashkelon will see it and be afraid.
Gaza too will writhe in great pain;
Also Ekron, for her expectation has been confounded.
Moreover, the king will perish from Gaza,
And Ashkelon will not be inhabited.
6And a
Lit bastard will
mongrel race will dwell in o  Ashdod,
And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7And I will remove their blood from their mouth
And their detestable things from between their teeth.
Then they also will be a remnant for our God,
And be like a
Or chief
clan in Judah,
And Ekron like a Jebusite.
8But I will camp around My house
Or as a guard, so that none will go back and forth
because of an army,
Because of r  him who passes by and returns;
And s  no oppressor will pass over them anymore,
For now I have seen with My eyes.
9 t  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your u  king is coming to you;
He is
Or vindicated and victorious
w  just and x  endowed with salvation,
y  Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a z  colt, the
Lit son of a female donkey
foal of a donkey.
10I will ab  cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the ac  horse from Jerusalem;
And the ad  bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak ae  peace to the nations;
And His af  dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the
I.e. Euphrates
River to the ends of the earth.

Deliverance of Judah and Ephraim

11As for you also, because of the ah  blood of My covenant with you,
I have set your ai  prisoners free from the
Lit cistern in which there is no water
waterless pit.
12Return to the
Or Stronghold
al  stronghold, O prisoners
Lit of the hope
who have the an  hope;
This very day I am declaring that I will restore ao  double to you.
13For I will ap  bend Judah
Lit for Me
as My bow,
I will fill the bow with Ephraim.
And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O ar  Greece;
And I will make you like a as  warrior’s sword.
14Then the  Lord will appear at  over them,
And His au  arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God will blow the aw  trumpet,
And will march in the ax  storm winds of the south.
15 ay  The  Lord of hosts will defend them.
And they will az  devour and trample on the ba  sling stones;
And they will drink and be bb  boisterous as with wine;
And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,
Drenched like the bc  corners of the altar.
16And the  Lord their God will bd  save them in that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are as the stones of a be  crown,
Or Displayed over
Sparkling in His land.
17For what
Lit goodness
bh  comeliness and bi  beauty will be
Lit his
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

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