Ask the Lord for rain in the season of spring rain. The Lord makes the rain clouds, and He will give them showers of rain and crops in the field for everyone.a2
For the idols speak falsehood, and the divinersb see illusions; they relate empty dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore [the people] wander like sheep; they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd.
My anger burns against the shepherds, so I will punish the leaders.c For the Lord of Hosts has tended His flock, the house of Judah; He will make them like His majestic steed in battle.
From themd will come the cornerstone, from them the tent peg, from them the battle bow, from them every ruler. Together
they will be like warriors in battle trampling down the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put horsemen to shame.
I will strengthen the house of Judah and deliver the house of Joseph.e I will restoref them because I have compassion on them, and they will be as though I had never rejected them. For I am the Lord their God, and I will answer them.
Ephraim will be like a warrior, and their hearts will be glad as if with wine. Their children will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
I will whistle and gather them because I have redeemed them; they will be as numerous as they once were.
Though I sow them among the nations, they will remember Me in the distant lands; they and their children will live and return.
I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, but it will not be enough for them.
Heg will pass through the sea of distress and strike the waves of the sea; all the depths of the Nile will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt will come to an end.
I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they will march in His name- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. Yahweh's declaration.