God Will Bless Judah and Ephraim

1 Ask 1rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain - The LORD who 2makes the storm clouds; And He will give them 3showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.
3 "My 8anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the male goats; For the LORD of hosts has 9visited His flock, the house of Judah, And will make them like His majestic horse in battle.
4 "From them will come the 10cornerstone, From them the tent peg, From them the bow of 11battle, From them every ruler, all of them together.
5 "They will be as mighty men, 12Treading down the enemy in the mire of the streets in battle; And they will fight, for the LORD will be with them; And the 13riders on horses will be put to shame.
6 "I will 14strengthen the house of Judah, And I will 15save the house of Joseph, And I will 16bring them back, Because I have had 17compassion on them; And they will be as though I had 18not rejected them, For I am the LORD their God and I will 19answer them.
7 "Ephraim will be like a mighty man, And their heart will be glad as if from wine; Indeed, their 20children will see it and be glad, Their heart will rejoice in the LORD.
8 "I will 21whistle for them to gather them together, For I have redeemed them; And they will be as 22numerous as they 23were before.
9 "When I scatter them among the peoples, They will 24remember Me in far countries, And they with their children will live and come back.
10 "I will 25bring them back from the land of Egypt And gather them from Assyria; And I will bring them into the land of 26Gilead and Lebanon Until 27no room can be found for them.
11 "And they will pass through the 28sea of distress And He will strike the waves in the sea, So that all the depths of the 29Nile will dry up; And the pride of 30Assyria will be brought down And the scepter of 31Egypt will depart.
12 "And I will 32strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name 33they will walk," declares the LORD.