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The Lord’s Rule from Restored Zion

4 In the last days m

the mountain of the Lord’s house n

will be established

at the top of the mountains

and will be raised above the hills.

Peoples will stream to it, o

and many nations will come and say, p

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, q

to the house of the God of Jacob.

He will teach us about His ways r

so we may walk in His paths.”

For instruction will go out of * Zion s

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He will settle disputes among many peoples t

and provide arbitration for strong nations

that are far away.

They will beat their swords into plows,

and their spears into pruning knives.

Nation will not take up the sword against nation,

and they will never again train for war.

But each man will sit under his grapevine u

and under his fig tree

with no one to frighten him. v

For the mouth of the Lord w of * Hosts

has promised this.

Though all the peoples each walk

in the name of their gods, x

we will walk y in the name of * Yahweh our God

forever and ever. z

On that day—

this is the Lord’s declaration—

I will assemble the lame

and gather the scattered, a

those I have injured.

I will make the lame into a remnant, b

those far removed into a strong nation.

Then the Lord will rule over them c in Mount Zion

from this time on and forever.

And you, watchtower for the flock, d

fortified hill e of Daughter Zion,

the former rule f will come to you,

sovereignty will come to Daughter Jerusalem.

From Exile to Victory

Now, why are you shouting loudly? g

Is there no king with you?

Has your counselor perished h

so that anguish grips you like a woman in labor?

10 Writhe and cry out, i j Daughter Zion,

like a woman in labor,

for now you will leave the city k

and camp in the open fields.

You will go to Babylon;

there you will be rescued; l

there the Lord will redeem you m

from the power of your enemies!

11 Many nations have now assembled against you; n

they say, “Let her be defiled,

and let us feast our eyes on Zion.”

12 But they do not know the Lord’s intentions o

or understand His plan,

that He has gathered them

like sheaves to the threshing floor.

13 Rise and thresh, p Daughter Zion,

for I will make your horns iron

and your hooves bronze,

so you can crush many peoples. q

Then you r will * set apart their plunder s

to the Lord for destruction,

their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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