Zacarias 9

1 A prophecy: ¶ The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrak ¶ and will come to rest on Damascus — ¶ for the eyes of all people and all the tribes of Israel ¶ are on the LORD — [^1]

2 and on Hamath too, which borders on it, and on Tyre and Sidon, though they are very skillful.

3 Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, ¶ and gold like the dirt of the streets.

4 But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy her power on the sea, ¶ and she will be consumed by fire.

5 Ashkelon will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, ¶ and Ekron too, for her hope will wither. ¶ Gaza will lose her king ¶ and Ashkelon will be deserted.

6 A mongrel people will occupy Ashdod, and I will put an end to the pride of the Philistines.

7 I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. ¶ Those who are left will belong to our God ¶ and become a clan in Judah, ¶ and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.

8 But I will encamp at my temple to guard it against marauding forces. ¶ Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, ¶ for now I am keeping watch.

9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! ¶ Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! ¶ See, your king comes to you, ¶ righteous and victorious, ¶ lowly and riding on a donkey, ¶ on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, ¶ and the battle bow will be broken. ¶ He will proclaim peace to the nations. ¶ His rule will extend from sea to sea ¶ and from the River [^2] to the ends of the earth.

11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.

12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. ¶ I will rouse your sons, Zion, ¶ against your sons, Greece, ¶ and make you like a warrior's sword.

14 Then the LORD will appear over them; ¶ his arrow will flash like lightning. ¶ The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; ¶ he will march in the storms of the south,

15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them. ¶ They will destroy ¶ and overcome with slingstones. ¶ They will drink and roar as with wine; ¶ they will be full like a bowl ¶ used for sprinkling [^3] the corners of the altar.

16 The LORD their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. ¶ They will sparkle in his land ¶ like jewels in a crown.

17 How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, ¶ and new wine the young women.

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