1 [^1] Marshal your troops now, city of troops, ¶ for a siege is laid against us. ¶ They will strike Israel's ruler ¶ on the cheek with a rod.
2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, ¶ though you are small among the clans [^2] of Judah, ¶ out of you will come for me ¶ one who will be ruler over Israel, ¶ whose origins are from of old, ¶ from ancient times."
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned ¶ until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, ¶ and the rest of his brothers return ¶ to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock ¶ in the strength of the LORD, ¶ in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. ¶ And they will live securely, for then his greatness ¶ will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace ¶ when the Assyrians invade our land ¶ and march through our fortresses. ¶ We will raise against them seven shepherds, ¶ even eight commanders,
6 who will rule [^3] the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. [^4] He will deliver us from the Assyrians ¶ when they invade our land ¶ and march across our borders.
7 The remnant of Jacob will be ¶ in the midst of many peoples ¶ like dew from the LORD, ¶ like showers on the grass, ¶ which do not wait for anyone ¶ or depend on man.
8 The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, ¶ like a lion among the beasts of the forest, ¶ like a young lion among flocks of sheep, ¶ which mauls and mangles as it goes, ¶ and no one can rescue.
9 Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.
10 "In that day," declares the LORD, ¶ "I will destroy your horses from among you ¶ and demolish your chariots.
11 I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds.
12 I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.
13 I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; ¶ you will no longer bow down ¶ to the work of your hands.
14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles [^5] when I demolish your cities.
15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me."