1 Now you are walled about with a wall;k
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike upon the cheek
the ruler of Israel.
2 But you, O Bethlehem* Ephrathah,
who are little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
when she who is in travail has brought forth;
then the rest of his brethren shall return
to the people of Israel.