1Ask1rain from the LORD at the time of the springrain - The LORD who 2makes the astormclouds ; And He will give them 3showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.
For the 4teraphimspeakbiniquity, And the 5divinersseeclyingvisions And tell6falsedreams ; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people dwanderlike7sheep, They are afflicted, becausethere is noshepherd.
"My 8anger is kindledagainst the shepherds, And I will punish the emalegoats ; For the LORD of hosts has 9visited His flock, the house of Judah, And will make them like His majestichorse in battle.
"From fthem will come the 10cornerstone, From gthem the tentpeg, From hthem the bow of 11battle, From ithem everyjruler, all of them together.
"They will be as mightymen, 12Treadingdown 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.
"I will 14strengthen the house of Judah, And I will 15save the house of Joseph, And I will k16bring them back, Because I havehad17compassion 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 mightyman, And their heart will be glad as if from wine ; Indeed, their 20children will see it and be glad, lTheir heart will rejoice in the LORD.
"I will 21whistle for them to gather them together, For I have redeemed them; And they will be as 22numerous as they m23were before.
"When I nscatter them among the peoples, They will 24remember Me in farcountries, And they with their children will live and comeback.
"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 LebanonoUntil 27no room can be found for them.
"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 broughtdown And the scepter of 31Egypt will depart.
"And I will 32strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name33they will walk," declares the LORD.