and for the cities of Tyre and Sidon,
though they are so clever.
and has made silver and gold
as plentiful as dust in the streets!
and hurl its fortifications into the sea,
and it will be burned to the ground.
and will be filled with fear.
Gaza will shake with terror,
as will Ekron, for their hopes will be dashed.
Gaza’s king will be killed,
and Ashkelon will be deserted.
I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.
and snatch the detestable sacrifices from their teeth.
Then the surviving Philistines will worship our God
and become like a clan in Judah.*
The Philistines of Ekron will join my people,
as the ancient Jebusites once did.
and protect it from invading armies.
I am watching closely to ensure
that no more foreign oppressors overrun my people’s land.
9 Rejoice, O people of Zion!*
Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,*
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.
10 I will remove the battle chariots from Israel*
and the warhorses from Jerusalem.
I will destroy all the weapons used in battle,
and your king will bring peace to the nations.
His realm will stretch from sea to sea
sealed with blood,
I will free your prisoners
from death in a waterless dungeon.
all you prisoners who still have hope!
I promise this very day
that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.
and Israel is my arrow.
Jerusalem* is my sword,
and like a warrior, I will brandish it against the Greeks.*
his arrows will fly like lightning!
The Sovereign Lord will sound the ram’s horn
and attack like a whirlwind from the southern desert.
and they will defeat their enemies by hurling great stones.
They will shout in battle as though drunk with wine.
They will be filled with blood like a bowl,
drenched with blood like the corners of the altar.
just as a shepherd rescues his sheep.
They will sparkle in his land
like jewels in a crown.
The young men will thrive on abundant grain,
and the young women will flourish on new wine.
9:1a Hebrew An Oracle: The message.
9:1b Hebrew land of Hadrach.
9:7 Hebrew like a leader in Judah.
9:9a Hebrew O daughter of Zion!
9:9b Hebrew and is being vindicated.
9:10b Hebrew the river.
9:10c Or the end of the land.
9:13a Hebrew Zion.
9:13b Hebrew the sons of Javan.