FROM DEFEATED RULER TO CONQUERING KING
5 Now, daughter who is under attack,
you slash yourself in grief;
a siege is set against us!
They are striking the judgeg of Israel
on the cheek with a rod.
2 Bethlehem Ephrathah,h
you are small among the clans of Judah;
one will come from youi
to be ruler over Israel for me.j
His originB is from antiquity,k
from ancient times.
3 Therefore, Israel will be abandonedl until the time
when she who is in laborm has given birth;
then the rest of the ruler’s brothersn will return
to the people of Israel.o
4 He will stand and shepherd themp
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majestic name of the Lord his God.
They will live securely,
for then his greatness will extend
to the ends of the earth.q
5 He will be their peace.r
When Assyria invades our land,s
when it marches against our fortresses,
we will raise against it seven shepherds,
even eight leaders of men.
Lit His going out