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Zechariah 9:13–15

13  For mI have bent Judah as my bow;

I have made Ephraim its arrow.

I will stir up your sons, O Zion,

against your sons, nO Greece,

and wield you like a warrior’s sword.

The Lord Will Save His People

14  Then the Lord will appear over them,

and ohis arrow will go forth like lightning;

pthe Lord God will sound the trumpet

and will march forth in qthe whirlwinds rof the south.

15  The Lord of hosts swill protect them,

and tthey shall devour, uand tread down the sling stones,

and vthey shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine,

and be full like a bowl,

drenched wlike the corners of the altar.

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Zechariah 9:13–15 — The New International Version (NIV)

13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow

and fill it with Ephraim.

I will rouse your sons, Zion,

against your sons, Greece,

and make you like a warrior’s sword.

14 Then the Lord will appear over them;

his arrow will flash like lightning.

The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet;

he will march in the storms of the south,

15 and the Lord Almighty will shield them.

They will destroy

and overcome with slingstones.

They will drink and roar as with wine;

they will be full like a bowl

used for sprinkling the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim,

And raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece,

And made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

14 And the Lord shall be seen over them,

And his arrow shall go forth as the lightning:

And the Lord God shall blow the trumpet,

And shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour,

And subdue with sling stones;

And they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine;

And they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — New Living Translation (NLT)

13 Judah is my bow,

and Israel is my arrow.

Jerusalem is my sword,

and like a warrior, I will brandish it against the Greeks.

14 The Lord will appear above his people;

his arrows will fly like lightning!

The Sovereign Lord will sound the ram’s horn

and attack like a whirlwind from the southern desert.

15 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will protect his people,

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.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

13 For I have bent Judah, My bow,

Fitted the bow with Ephraim,

And raised up your sons, O Zion,

Against your sons, O Greece,

And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

14 Then the Lord will be seen over them,

And His arrow will go forth like lightning.

The Lord God will blow the trumpet,

And go with whirlwinds from the south.

15 The Lord of hosts will defend them;

They shall devour and subdue with slingstones.

They shall drink and roar as if with wine;

They shall be filled with blood like basins,

Like the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — New Century Version (NCV)

13 I will use Judah like a bow

and Ephraim like the arrows.

Jerusalem, I will use your men

to fight the men of Greece.

I will use you like a warrior’s sword.

14 Then the Lord will appear above them,

and his arrows will shoot like lightning.

The Lord God will blow the trumpet,

and he will march in the storms of the south.

15 The Lord All-Powerful will protect them;

they will destroy the enemy with slingshots.

They will drink and shout like drunks.

They will be filled like a bowl

used for sprinkling blood at the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — American Standard Version (ASV)

13 For 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. 14 And 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. 15 Jehovah 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.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

13 For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will raise up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and make thee like the sword of a mighty man. 14 And 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 march with whirlwinds of the south. 15 Jehovah 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 from wine; and they shall be filled like a bowl, like the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

13 I will bend Judah as my bow 

and draw my bow with Ephraim ⸤as its arrow⸥. 

I will stir up your people, Zion, against your people, Greece, 

and I will use you like a warrior’s sword. 

14 The Lord will appear over them, 

and his arrow will go out like lightning. 

The Almighty Lord will blow the ram’s horn 

and will march in the storms from the south. 

15 The Lord of Armies will defend them. 

They will destroy and trample the stones used in slings. 

They will drink and shout as if they were drunk. 

They will be filled like a sacrificial bowl 

⸤used for sprinkling⸥ the corners of the altar. 

Zechariah 9:13–15 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 For I will bend Judah as My bow;

I will fill that bow with Ephraim.

I will rouse your sons, Zion,

against your sons, Greece.

I will make you like a warrior’s sword.

14 Then the Lord will appear over them,

and His arrow will fly like lightning.

The Lord God will sound the trumpet

and advance with the southern storms.

15 The Lord of Hosts will defend them.

They will consume and conquer with slingstones;

they will drink and be rowdy as if with wine.

They will be as full as the sprinkling basin,

like those at the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 For I have bent Judah as my bow;

I have made Ephraim its arrow.

I will arouse your sons, O Zion,

against your sons, O Greece,

and wield you like a warrior’s sword.

14 Then the Lord will appear over them,

and his arrow go forth like lightning;

the Lord God will sound the trumpet

and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.

15 The Lord of hosts will protect them,

and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;

they shall drink their blood like wine,

and be full like a bowl,

drenched like the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

13 For I have bent Judah as my bow;

I have set Ephraim as an arrow.

I will set in motion your sons, O Zion,

against your sons, O Javan.

I will wield you like the sword of a warrior.

14 Then Yahweh will appear over them,

and his arrow will go forth like lightning;

and my Lord Yahweh will blow the trumpet,

and he shall go out in the storm winds of the south.

15 Yahweh of hosts will defend them,

and they will devour and subdue the slingstones;

they will drink, they will make noise like wine,

and they will be full like the sacrificial basin,

drenched like the corners of an altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow.

I will make Ephraim’s people my arrows.

Zion, I will stir up your sons.

Greece, they will attack your sons.

My people, I will use you as my sword.”

14 Then the Lord will appear over his people.

His arrows will flash like lightning.

The Lord and King will blow the trumpet of his thunder.

He’ll march out like a storm in the south.

15 The Lord who rules over all

will be like a shield to his people.

They will destroy their enemies.

They’ll use slings to throw stones at them.

They’ll drink the blood of their enemies

as if it were wine.

They’ll be full like the bowl that is used

for sprinkling the corners of the altar.

Zechariah 9:13–15 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

13 For I will bend Judah as My bow,

I will fill the bow with Ephraim.

And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece;

And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.

14 Then the Lord will appear over them,

And His arrow will go forth like lightning;

And the Lord God will blow the trumpet,

And will march in the storm winds of the south.

15 The Lord of hosts will defend them.

And they will devour and trample on the sling stones;

And they will drink and be boisterous as with wine;

And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,

Drenched like the corners of the altar.