10 Ask ye aof the Lord rain in the time of bthe latter rain;
So the Lord shall make ||bright clouds,
And cgive them showers of rain,
To every one grass in the field.
2 For dthe †idols have spoken vanity,
And ethe diviners have seen a lie,
Therefore they went their way as a flock,
They ||were troubled, hbecause there was no shepherd.
3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds,
For the Lord of hosts khath visited his flock the house of Judah,
And hath made them las his goodly horse in the battle.
4 Out of him came forth mthe corner, out of him nthe nail,
Out of him othe battle bow, out of him every poppressor together.
5 And qthey shall be as mighty men, rwhich tread down their enemies
rrIn the mire of the streets in the battle:
And they shall fight, sbecause the Lord is with them,
And ||ttthe riders on horses ushall be confounded.
6 And vI will strengthen the house of Judah,
And vwI will save the house of Joseph,
And vwI will bring them again to place them; for I yhave mercy upon them:
And they shall be as though I had not cast them off:
For I am the Lord their God, and zwill hear them.
7 And they of Ephraim shall be qlike a mighty man,
And atheir heart shall rejoice as through wine:
Yea, their children shall see it, and bbe glad;
Their heart bshall rejoice in the Lord.
8 cI will hiss for them, and dgather them; for dI have redeemed them:
And ethey shall increase fas they have increased.
9 And gI will sow them among the people:
And hthey shall remember me in far countries;
And they shall live with their children, and turn again.
10 I will bring them again also iout of the land of Egypt,
And gather them iout of Assyria;
And I will bring them into the land of jkGilead and jlLebanon;
And mplace shall not be found for them.
11 And nhe shall pass through the sea with affliction,
And shall smite the waves in the sea,
And all the deeps of othe river shall dry up:
And the pride of Assyria shall be brought down,
And pthe sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.
12 And qI will strengthen them in the Lord;
And rthey shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.
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