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9 A pronouncement:
The word of the Lord
is against the land of Hadrach,
and Damascusa is its resting place—
for the eyes of humanity
and all the tribes of Israel
are on the LordA—
2 and also against Hamath,b which borders it,
though they are very shrewd.
she has heaped up silver like dust
and gold like the dirt of the streets.
and cast her wealth into the sea;
she herself will be consumed by fire.e
Gaza too, and will writhe in great pain,
as will Ekron, for her hope will fail.
There will cease to be a king in Gaza,
and Ashkelon will become uninhabited.
and I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.f
and the abhorrent thingsg
from between their teeth.
Then they too will become a remnant for our God;
they will become like a clan in Judah
and Ekron like the Jebusites.h
against those who march back and forth,
and no oppressor will march against them again,
for now I have seen with my own eyes.
9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you;
he is righteous and victorious,B
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.i
and the horse from Jerusalem.
The bow of war will be removed,
and he will proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion will extend from sea to sea,
from the Euphrates River
to the ends of the earth.j
because of the blood of your covenant,k
I will release your prisoners
from the waterless cistern.l
you prisoners who have hope;
today I declare that I will restore double to you.m
I will fill that bow with Ephraim.
I will rouse your sons, Zion,
I will make you like a warrior’s sword.
and his arrow will fly like lightning.
The Lord God will sound the ram’s horn
and advance with the southern storms.o
They will consume and conquer with slingstones;
they will drink and be rowdy as if with wine.p
They will be as full as the sprinkling basin,q
like those at the corners of the altar.r
as the flock of his people;s
for they are like jewels in a crown,t
sparkling over his land.
Grain will make the young men flourish,
and new wine, the young women.
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