9 1The burden of the word of Jehovah upon the land of Hadrach, and
Damascus shall be its resting-place (for the eye of man and of all
the tribes of Israel is toward Jehovah);
2and Hamath, also, which
bordereth thereon; Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise.
did build herself a stronghold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine
gold as the mire of the streets.
4Behold, the Lord will dispossess her,
and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.
5Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also, and shall be sore pained;
and Ekron, for her expectation shall be put to shame; and the king shall
perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6And a bastard
shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations
from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God; and he
shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
8And I will
encamp about my house against the army, that none pass through or return; and
no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine
9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having
salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an
10And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from
Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace unto
the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to
the ends of the earth.
11As for thee also, because of the blood of thy
covenant I have set free thy prisoners from the pit wherein is no water.
12Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even to-day do I
declare that I will render double unto thee.
13For I have bent Judah for
me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up thy sons, O Zion,
against thy sons, O Greece, and will make thee as the sword of a mighty man.
14And Jehovah shall be seen over them; and his arrow shall go forth as
the lightning; and the Lord Jehovah will blow the trumpet, and will go with
whirlwinds of the south.
15Jehovah of hosts will defend them; and they
shall devour, and shall tread down the sling-stones; and they shall drink,
and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, like
the corners of the altar.
16And Jehovah their God will save them in that
day as the flock of his people; for they shall be as the stones of a
crown, lifted on high over his land.
17For how great is his goodness, and
how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men flourish, and new
wine the virgins.