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THE LORD RESTORES HIS PEOPLE

10 Ask the Lord for rain

in the season of spring rain.

The Lord makes the rain clouds,

and he will give them showers of rain

and crops in the field for everyone.u

For the idols speak falsehood,

and the divinersv see illusions;

they relate empty dreams

and offer empty comfort.

Therefore the people wander like sheep;

they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd.

My anger burns against the shepherds,

so I will punish the leaders.A

For the Lord of Armies has tended his flock,

the house of Judah;

he will make them like his majestic steed in battle.

The cornerstonea will come from Judah.B

The tent pegb will come from them

and also the battle bowc and everyC ruler.

Together they will be like warriors in battle

trampling down the mud of the streets.

They will fight because the Lord is with them,

and they will put horsemen to shame.

I will strengthen the house of Judah

and deliver the house of Joseph.D

I will restoreE them

because I have compassion on them,

and they will be

as though I had never rejected them.d

For I am the Lord their God,

and I will answer them.

Ephraime will be like a warrior,

and their hearts will be glad as if with wine.

Their children will see it and be glad;f

their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.

I will whistleg and gather them

because I have redeemedh them;

they will be as numerous as they once were.

Though I sowi them among the nations,

they will rememberj me in the distant lands;

they and their children will live and return.

10 I will bring them back from the land of Egypt

and gather them from Assyria.

I will bring them to the land of Gileadk

and to Lebanon,

but it will not be enough for them.

11 The LordF will pass through the sea of distress

and strike the waves of the sea;

all the depths of the Nile will dry up.l

The pride of Assyria will be brought down,

and the scepter of Egypt will come to an end.

12 I will strengthenm them in the Lord,

and they will marchn in his name—

this is the Lord’s declaration.

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