From Defeated Ruler to Conquering King
1Now, daughter who is under attack,
you slash yourself in grief;
a siege is set against us!
They are striking the judge#1Kg 22:24; Jb 16:10; Lm 3:30 of Israel
on the cheek with a rod.
2Bethlehem Ephrathah,#Gn 35:19; Ru 4:11; 1Sm 17:12; Mt 2:6
you are small among the clans of Judah;
one will come from you#Is 11:1; Lk 2:4
to be ruler over Israel for me.#2Ch 7:18; Is 11:1; Jr 30:21; Zch 9:9; Mt 2:6
His origin#5:2 Lit His going out is from antiquity,#Ps 74:2; 102:25; Pr 8:22-23; Hab 1:12
from ancient times.
3Therefore, Israel will be abandoned#Hs 11:8; Mc 4:10; 7:13 until the time
when she who is in labor#Mc 4:9-10 has given birth;
then the rest of the ruler’s brothers#Is 10:20-22; Mc 5:7-8 will return
to the people of Israel.#Mc 4:6-7
4He will stand and shepherd them#Is 40:11; 49:9; Ezk 34:13-15,23-24; Mc 7:14
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majestic name of the Lord his God.
They will live securely,
for then his greatness will extend
to the ends of the earth.#Is 45:22; 52:10
5He will be their peace.#Is 9:6
When Assyria invades our land,#Is 8:7-8; 10:24-27
when it marches against our fortresses,
we will raise against it seven shepherds,
even eight leaders of men.
6They will shepherd#Nah 2:11-13; Zph 2:13 the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod#Gn 10:8-12 with a drawn blade.#5:6 Aq, Vg; MT, Sym read Nimrod at its gateways
So he will rescue us#Is 14:25; 37:36-37 from Assyria
when it invades our land,
when it marches against our territory.
The Glorious and Purified Remnant
7Then the remnant of Jacob#Is 10:21; Mc 2:12; 4:7; 7:18
will be among many peoples
like dew from the Lord,#Dt 32:2; 2Sm 17:12; Ps 110:3; Hs 14:5
like showers on the grass,#Ps 72:6; Is 44:3
which do not wait for anyone
or linger for mankind.
8Then the remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations, among many peoples,
like a lion among animals of the forest,#Gn 49:9; Nm 24:9
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which tramples#Ps 44:5; Is 41:15-16; Mc 4:13; Zch 10:5 and tears#Hs 5:14 as it passes through,
and there is no one to rescue them.#Ps 50:22
9Your hand will be lifted up against your adversaries,#Ps 10:12; 21:8; Is 26:11
and all your enemies will be destroyed.
10In that day —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
I will remove your horses from you#Dt 17:16; Is 2:7; Hs 14:3
and wreck your chariots.
11I will remove the cities of your land#Is 1:7; 6:11
and tear down all your fortresses.#Is 2:12-17; Hs 10:14; Am 5:9
12I will remove sorceries from your hands,#Dt 18:10-12; Is 2:6; 8:19
and you will not have any more fortune-tellers.
13I will remove your carved images#Is 2:18,20; 17:8; Ezk 6:9
and sacred pillars from you
so that you will no longer worship
the work of your hands.
14I will pull up the Asherah poles#Dt 16:21 from among you#Ex 34:13; Is 27:9
and demolish your cities.#5:14 Or shrines
15I will take vengeance in anger and wrath#Is 1:24; 65:12
against the nations that have not obeyed me.