1a Now daughter [who is] under attack, you slash yourself [in grief]; a siege is set against us! They are striking the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod.
2b Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me.c His origind is from antiquity, from eternity.e3
Therefore, He will abandon them until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of His brothers will return to the people of Israel.f4
He will stand and shepherd [them]g in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh His God. They will live securely, for then His greatness will extend to the ends of the earth.
Thereh will be peace.i When Assyria invades our land, when it marches against our fortresses, we will raise against it seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrodj with a drawn blade.k So He will rescue us from Assyria when it invades our land, when it marches against our territory.