1a Now muster your troops, O daughterb of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod 1they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
2c2But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of 3Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be 4ruler in Israel, 5whose coming forth is 6from of old, from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up 7until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then 8the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand 9and shepherd his flock 10in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now 11he shall be great to the ends of the earth.