Miquéias 4

1 In the last days ¶ the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established ¶ as the highest of the mountains; ¶ it will be exalted above the hills, ¶ and peoples will stream to it.

2 Many nations will come and say, ¶ "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, ¶ to the temple of the God of Jacob. ¶ He will teach us his ways, ¶ so that we may walk in his paths." ¶ The law will go out from Zion, ¶ the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

3 He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. ¶ They will beat their swords into plowshares ¶ and their spears into pruning hooks. ¶ Nation will not take up sword against nation, ¶ nor will they train for war anymore.

4 Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, ¶ and no one will make them afraid, ¶ for the LORD Almighty has spoken.

5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, ¶ but we will walk in the name of the LORD ¶ our God for ever and ever.

6 "In that day," declares the LORD, ¶ "I will gather the lame; ¶ I will assemble the exiles ¶ and those I have brought to grief.

7 I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. ¶ The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion ¶ from that day and forever.

8 As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold [^1] of Daughter Zion, ¶ the former dominion will be restored to you; ¶ kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem."

9 Why do you now cry aloud — ¶ have you no king [^2] ? ¶ Has your ruler [^3] perished, ¶ that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?

10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion, like a woman in labor, ¶ for now you must leave the city ¶ to camp in the open field. ¶ You will go to Babylon; ¶ there you will be rescued. ¶ There the LORD will redeem you ¶ out of the hand of your enemies.

11 But now many nations ¶ are gathered against you. ¶ They say, "Let her be defiled, ¶ let our eyes gloat over Zion!"

12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; ¶ they do not understand his plan, ¶ that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

13 "Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; ¶ I will give you hooves of bronze, ¶ and you will break to pieces many nations." ¶ You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD, ¶ their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

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