5 Judah will be like warriors, trampling through the muddy streets during battle. They will do battle because the LORD is with them. All the cavalry will be ashamed.
6 I will strengthen the house of Judah and deliver the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I hadn't rejected them, for I am the LORD their God; I will respond to them.
7 Ephraim will be like a warrior. They will be as glad as if they were drinking wine. Their children will watch and be glad. Their hearts will rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will whistle for them and gather them, because I have ransomed them. They will be as numerous as they were previously.
9 Though I sowed them among the peoples, they will remember me in the distant places where they are living with their children until they return.
10 I will bring them back from the land of Egypt; I will collect them from Assyria. I will bring them to the land of Gilead and Lebanon until there is no more room for them.
11 They will pass through the sea of distress and strike the sea with waves. All the depths of the river will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be brought down; the scepter of Egypt will turn away.
12 I will strengthen them in the LORD, and they will walk in his name, says the LORD.