"aNowmuster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops ; bThey have laidsiegeagainst us; With a rod they will 1smite the judge of Israel on the cheek.
"cBut as for 2you, BethlehemEphrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From 3you One will goforth for Me to be 4ruler in Israel. dHis goingsforth are 5from longago, From the days of eternity."
3Therefore He will 6give them up until the time When she 7who is in labor has borne a child. Then the 8remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel.
And He will arise and 9shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will eremain, Becausefat that time He will be great To the 10ends of the earth.
5ThisOne11will be our peace. When the 12Assyrianinvades our land, When he tramples on our gcitadels, Then we will raiseagainst him Sevenshepherds and eightleaders of men.
They will 13shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, The land of 14Nimrod at its entrances ; And He will 15deliver us from the AssyrianWhen he attacks our land And when he tramples our territory.
Then the 16remnant of Jacob Will be amongmanypeoples Like 17dew from the LORD, Like 18showers on vegetationWhich do not wait for man Or delay for the sons of men.
The remnant of Jacob Will be among the nations, Amongmanypeoples19Like a lion among the beasts of the forest, Like a younglion among flocks of sheep, Which, if he passesthrough, 20Tramplesdown and 21tears, And there is 22none to rescue.
Your hand will be 23lifted up against your adversaries, And all your enemies will be cutoff.
"It will be in that day," declares the LORD, "24That I will cutoff your 25horses from among you And destroy your chariots.
"I will also cutoff the 26cities of your land And teardownall your 27fortifications.
"I will cutoff28sorceries from your hand, And you will havefortune-tellersno more.
"29I will cutoff your carvedimages And your sacred pillars from among you, So that you will nolongerbowdown To the work of your hands.
"I will root out your h30Asherim from among you And destroy your cities.
"And I will 31executevengeance in anger and wrath On the nationswhich have not obeyed."