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Zechariah 9 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 An oracle. The word of Yahweh [is] against the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [is] its resting place. For to Yahweh belongs the eye of humankind, and all the tribes of Israel, 2 and also Hamath, [which] borders on it; Tyre and Sidon--yes, they are very wise!a 3 Tyre has built a fortification for itself,b and it heaped up silver like dust, and gold like [the] mud of [the] streets. 4 Look! The Lord will drive itc out and will hurl itsd outer ramparts into the sea, and ite will be consumed by fire. 5 Ashkelon will see and will be afraid, and Gaza will writhe exceedingly, and Ekron [also], because its hope is ruined.f And the king from Gaza will perish, and Ashkelon will not be inhabited. 6 A mongrel peopleg will dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut down the pride of [the] Philistines. 7 I will remove itsh blood from itsi mouth, and itsj abominations from between itsk teeth. And itl too will be a remnant for our God; and itm will be like a tribal chiefn in Judah, and Ekron [will be] like [the] Jebusite. 8 But I will encamp at my templeo [like a] guard, against those crossing through and returning; no oppressor will cross through them again, for now I have seen with my [own] eyes. 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king comes to you; he [is] righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a male donkey, {the foal of}p a female donkey! 10 And I will cut off [the] chariot from Ephraim, and [the] horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow will be cut down, and he will announce peace to the nations. His dominion [will be] from sea to sea, and from [the] Riverq to [the] ends of [the] earth. 11 [As for] you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will release your prisoners from {the waterless pit}.r 12 Return to [the] fortress, O prisoners of hope; today [I am] declaring [that] I will repay you double. 13 For I have bent Judah [as] my bow; I have set Ephraim [as an arrow]. I will set in motion your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Javan.s I will wield you like the sword of a warrior. 14 Then Yahweh will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; and my Lord Yahweh will blow the trumpet, and he shall go out in the storm winds of [the] south. 15 Yahweh of hosts will defend them, and they will devour and subdue the slingstones;t they will drink, they will make noiseu like wine, and they will be full like the sacrificial basin,v [drenched] like the corners of an altar. 16 And Yahweh their God will save them on that day, as the flock of his people; for [they are like] the stones of a diadem, glittering on his land. 17 For how [great is] his goodness, and how [great is] his beauty! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine [the] young women.
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