Zechariah 9 (New American Standard)

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Prophecies against Neighboring Nations

1 The aburden of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach, with 1Damascus as its resting place (for the eyes of men, especially of all the tribes of Israel, are toward the LORD ), 2 And 2Hamath also, which borders on it; 3Tyre and 4Sidon, bthough cthey are 5very wise. 3 For Tyre built herself a 6fortress And 7piled up silver like dust, And 8gold like the mire of the streets. 4 Behold, the Lord will 9dispossess her And cast her wealth into the sea; And she will be 10consumed with fire. 5 Ashkelon will see it and be afraid. Gaza too will writhe in great pain; Also Ekron, for her expectation has been confounded. Moreover, the king will perish from Gaza, And Ashkelon will not be inhabited. 6 And a dmongrel race will dwell in 11Ashdod, And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7 And I will remove their blood from their mouth And their detestable things from between their teeth. Then they also will be a remnant for our God, And be like a eclan in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite. 8 But I will camp around My house fbecause of an army, Because of 12him who passes by and returns; And 13no oppressor will pass over them anymore, For now I have seen with My eyes. 9 14Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your 15king is coming to you; He is g16just and 17endowed with salvation, 18Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a 19colt, the hfoal of a donkey. 10 I will 20cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the 21horse from Jerusalem; And the 22bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak 23peace to the nations; And His 24dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the iRiver to the ends of the earth.

Deliverance of Judah and Ephraim

11 As for you also, because of the 25blood of My covenant with you, I have set your 26prisoners free from the jwaterless pit. 12 Return to the k27stronghold, O prisoners lwho have the 28hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore 29double to you. 13 For I will 30bend Judah mas My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O 31Greece; And I will make you like a 32warrior's sword. 14 Then the LORD will appear 33over them, And His 34arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord nGOD will blow the 35trumpet, And will march in the 36storm winds of the south. 15 37The LORD of hosts will defend them. And they will 38devour and trample on the 39sling stones; And they will drink and be 40boisterous as with wine; And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin, Drenched like the 41corners of the altar. 16 And the LORD their God will 42save them in that day As the flock of His people; For they are as the stones of a 43crown, oSparkling in His land. 17 For what p44comeliness and 45beauty will be qtheirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
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