"But you, Bethlehem1 Ephrathah,2 though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler3 over Israel, whose origins are from of old,4 from ancient times. "5
Therefore Israel will be abandoned6 until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock7 in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness8 will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace.9 When the Assyrian invades10 our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.11
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