Zechariah 9 (Common English Bible)

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Fate of the nations

1 A pronouncement. The LORD's word is against the land of Hadrach, and Damascus is its resting place, for the city of Arama and all the tribes of Israel belong to the LORD. 2 Hamath also borders on it. Tyre and Sidon, indeed, each is exceedingly wise. 3 Tyre built a fortress for herself. She piled up silver like dust and gold like mud in the streets, 4 but the LORD will take her possessions away and knock her wealth into the sea. She will be devoured with fire. 5 Ashkelon will look and be afraid. Gaza will writhe in agony, and also Ekron, because her hope has dried up. The king will perish from Gaza; Ashkelon won't be inhabited. 6 An illegitimate child will dwell in Ashdod; I will eliminate the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will remove bloody food from his mouth and pieces of unclean food from between his teeth. He will be a survivor who belongs to our God. He will be like a chieftain in Judah; Ekron will be like a Jebusite. 8 I will encamp before my house as a guard against anyone departing or returning. A slave driver will no longer pass through against them, for I have seen youb with my eyes.

Joy and protection for Judah and Ephraim

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion. Sing aloud, Daughter Jerusalem. Look, your king will come to you. He is righteous and victorious. He is humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the offspring of a donkey. 10 Hec will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem. The bow used in battle will be cut off; he will speak peace to the nations. His rule will stretch from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. 11 Moreover,d by the blood of your covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to the stronghold, prisoners of hope. Moreover, declare today that I will return double to you. 13 Indeed, I myself will bend Judah as a bow; I will fill it with Ephraim. Zion, I will rouse your sons against your sons. Greece, I will make you like a warrior's sword. 14 The LORD will appear above them; his arrow will go forth like lightning. The LORD God will blow the horn; he will march forth on the stormy winds of the south. 15 The LORD of heavenly forces will protect them. They will devour and subdue like sling stones.e They will drink, mumbling like one having wine. They will be filled like a bowl, like the corners of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will deliver them on that day as the flock of his people; they will be the jewels in a crown dotting his land. 17 What is his goodness, and what is his beauty? Grain will make his young men flourish; so too wine his young women.
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