Israel Defended Against Enemies
1The burden of the word of the Lord
Against the land of Hadrach,
And #Is. 17:1; Jer. 23:33Damascus its resting place
(For #Amos 1:3–5the eyes of men
And all the tribes of Israel
Are on the Lord);
2Also against #Jer. 49:23Hamath, which borders on it,
And against #Is. 23; Jer. 25:22; 47:4; Ezek. 26; Amos 1:9, 10Tyre and #1 Kin. 17:9Sidon, though they are very #Ezek. 28:3wise.
3For Tyre built herself a tower,
Heaped up silver like the dust,
And gold like the mire of the streets.
4Behold, #Is. 23:1the Lord will cast her out;
He will destroy #Ezek. 26:17her power in the sea,
And she will be devoured by fire.
5Ashkelon shall see it and fear;
Gaza also shall be very sorrowful;
And #Zeph. 2:4, 5Ekron, for He dried up her expectation.
The king shall perish from Gaza,
And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6“A mixed race shall settle #Amos 1:8; Zeph. 2:4in Ashdod,
And I will cut off the pride of the #Ezek. 25:15–17Philistines.
7I will take away the blood from his mouth,
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#(Ps. 34:7)I 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.
The Coming King
9“Rejoice #Zeph. 3:14, 15; Zech. 2:10greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, #(Ps. 110:1; Is. 9:6, 7; Jer. 23:5, 6); Matt. 21:5; Mark 11:7, 9; Luke 19:38; John 12:15your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I #Hos. 1:7; Mic. 5:10will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from Jerusalem;
The #Ps. 46:9; Is. 2:4; Hos. 2:18; Mic. 4:3battle bow shall be cut off.
He shall speak peace to the nations;
His dominion shall be #Ps. 72:8‘from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.’
God Will Save His People
11“As for you also,
Because of the blood of your covenant,
I will set your #Is. 42:7prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to the stronghold,
#Is. 49:9; Jer. 17:13; Heb. 6:18–20You prisoners of hope.
Even today I declare
That I will restore #Is. 61:7double to you.
13For I have bent Judah, My bow,
Fitted the bow with Ephraim,
And raised up your sons, O Zion,
Against your sons, O Greece,
And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
14Then the Lord will be seen over them,
And #Ps. 18:14; Hab. 3:11His arrow will go forth like lightning.
The Lord God will blow the trumpet,
And go #Is. 21:1with whirlwinds from the south.
15The Lord of hosts will #Is. 37:35; Zech. 12:8defend them;
They shall devour and subdue with slingstones.
They shall drink and roar as if with wine;
They shall be filled with blood like basins,
Like the corners of the altar.
16The Lord their God will #Jer. 31:10, 11save them in that day,
As the flock of His people.
For #Is. 62:3; Mal. 3:17they shall be like the jewels of a crown,
#Is. 11:12Lifted like a banner over His land—
17For #(Ps. 31:19)how great is its goodness
And how great its #(Ps. 45:1–16)beauty!
#Joel 3:18Grain shall make the young men thrive,
And new wine the young women.