The burden of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach and 1Damascus is its resting place. For the LORD has an eye on mankind and on all the tribes of Israel,a
22and on Hamath also, which borders on it, 3Tyre and 4Sidon, though 5they are very wise.
Tyre has built herself 6a rampart and 7heaped up silver like dust, and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions and strike down 8her power on the sea, and 9she shall be devoured by fire.
510Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish; Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded. The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
611a mixed peopleb shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
I will take away 12its blood from its mouth, and 13its abominations from between its teeth; 14it too shall be a remnant for our God; it shall be like 15a clan in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
Then 16I will encamp at my house as a guard, 17so that none shall march to and fro; 18no oppressor shall again march over them, 19for now I see with my own eyes.
920Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! 21Behold, 22your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, 23humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
1024I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and 25the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and 26he shall speak peace to the nations; 27his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from 28the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you also, because of 29the blood of my covenant with you, 30I will set your prisoners free from 31the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O 32prisoners of hope; today I declare that 33I will restore to you double.
For 34I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, 35O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.
Then the LORD will appear over them, and 36his arrow will go forth like lightning; 37the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and will march forth in 38the whirlwinds 39of the south.
The LORD of hosts 40will protect them, and 41they shall devour, 42and tread down the sling stones, and 43they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine, and be full like a bowl, drenched 44like the corners of the altar.
On that day the LORD their God will save them, as 45the flock of his people; for 46like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land.
1747For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty! 48Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women.