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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.
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
when the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads upon our soil,m
that we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight princes of men;
and the land of Nimrod with the drawn sword;n
and they* shall deliver us from the Assyrian
and treads within our border.
in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
like showers upon the grass,
which tarry not for men
nor wait for the sons of men.
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
which, when it goes through, treads down
and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
and all your enemies shall be cut off.
I will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
and throw down all your strongholds;
and you shall have no more soothsayers;
and your pillars from among you,
and you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
and destroy your cities.
upon the nations that did not obey.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.