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Zechariah 10 (New International Version)

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The LORD Will Care for Judah

1 Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain1 to men, and plants of the field2 to everyone. 2 The idols3 speak deceit, diviners4 see visions that lie; they tell dreams5 that are false, they give comfort in vain.6 Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.7 3 "My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders;8 for the LORD Almighty will care for his flock, the house of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle.9 4 From Judah will come the cornerstone,10 from him the tent peg,11 from him the battle bow,12 from him every ruler. 5 Together theya will be like mighty men trampling the muddy streets in battle.13 Because the LORD is with them, they will fight and overthrow the horsemen.14 6 "I will strengthen15 the house of Judah and save the house of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion16 on them.17 They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer18 them. 7 The Ephraimites will become like mighty men, and their hearts will be glad as with wine.19 Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice20 in the LORD. 8 I will signal21 for them and gather them in. Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous22 as before. 9 Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me.23 They and their children will survive, and they will return. 10 I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria.24 I will bring them to Gilead25 and Lebanon, and there will not be room26 enough for them. 11 They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued and all the depths of the Nile will dry up.27 Assyria's pride28 will be brought down and Egypt's scepter29 will pass away.30 12 I will strengthen31 them in the LORD and in his name they will walk,32" declares the LORD.
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