Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, who gives showers of rain to you, a the vegetation in the field to everyone.
For the teraphim b utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; the dreamers tell false dreams, and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they suffer for lack of a shepherd.
My anger is hot against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; c for the Lord of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them like his proud war-horse.
Out of them shall come the cornerstone, out of them the tent peg, out of them the battle bow, out of them every commander.
Together they shall be like warriors in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight, for the Lord is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them; for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
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