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Zechariah 9 (New International Version)

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1 The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach and will rest upon Damascus1-- for the eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel are on the LORD--a 2 and upon Hamath2 too, which borders on it, and upon Tyre3 and Sidon,4 though they are very skillful. 3 Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets.5 4 But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy6 her power on the sea, and she will be consumed by fire.7 5 Ashkelon8 will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither. Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted. 6 Foreigners will occupy Ashdod, and I will cut off9 the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God10 and become leaders in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.11 8 But I will defend12 my house against marauding forces.13 Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.14

The Coming of Zion's King

9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!15 Shout,16 Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your kingb comes to you,17 righteous and having salvation,18 gentle and riding on a donkey,19 on a colt, the foal of a donkey.20 10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.21 He will proclaim peace22 to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the Riverc to the ends of the earth.d23 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant24 with you, I will free your prisoners25 from the waterless pit.26 12 Return to your fortress,27 O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice28 as much to you. 13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow29 and fill it with Ephraim.30 I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece,31 and make you like a warrior's sword.32

The LORD Will Appear

14 Then the LORD will appear over them;33 his arrow will flash like lightning.34 The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet;35 he will march in the storms36 of the south, 15 and the LORD Almighty will shield37 them. They will destroy and overcome with slingstones.38 They will drink and roar as with wine;39 they will be full like a bowl40 used for sprinklinge the corners41 of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will save them on that day42 as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.43 17 How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.
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