9 The 1burden of the word of the Lord—
Against the land of Hadrach,
And aDamascus its resting place
(For bthe eyes of men
And all the tribes of Israel
Are on the Lord);
2 Also against cHamath, which borders on it,
Heaped up silver like the dust,
And gold like the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, gthe Lord will cast her out;
He will destroy hher power in the sea,
And she will be devoured by fire.
Gaza also shall be very sorrowful;
And iEkron, for He dried up her expectation.
The king shall perish from Gaza,
And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
And I will cut off the pride of the kPhilistines.
And the abominations from between his teeth.
But he who remains, even he shall be for our God,
And shall be like a leader in Judah,
And Ekron like a Jebusite.
8 lI will camp around My house
Because of the army,
Because of him who passes by and him who returns.
No more shall an oppressor pass through them,
For now I have seen with My eyes.
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