Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek1 with a rod.
"But you, Bethlehem2 Ephrathah,3 though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler4 over Israel, whose origins are from of old,5 from ancient times. "6
Therefore Israel will be abandoned7 until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
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