The LORD will watch over Judah
1Ask the LORD for rain in spring.
It is the LORD who makes the clouds and the storms.
He gives the rain to men.
He gives the plants of the field to everyone.
2People ask idols for help,
but the idols do not speak true words.
Some people explain what a dream means.
But they do not speak true words.
The help that they give is not good.
So the people move from place to place like sheep.
They are not safe. They have no leaders.
3‘I am angry with the leaders.
I will cause them to be sorry.
Judah's people are mine’, says the LORD Almighty. ‘I will watch over them.
I will make them as strong as horses that are ready for war.
4From Judah's people will come the man called the Cornerstone.
A strong leader will come from Judah.
A strong soldier will come from Judah.
Every ruler will come from Judah.
5Together they will be like strong soldiers
who march through the dirty streets of the enemy.
The LORD is with them and they will fight their enemies.
They will pull down the soldiers from their horses.
6I will make Judah's people strong
and I will make Israel's people free men.
I will bring them back to me,
because I am sorry for them.
I am their God
and I will answer them.
It will be as if I had never turned away from them.
7 Israel's people will become like strong men.
They will be as happy as men that drink wine.
Their children will see their happy fathers
and so the children will be happy.
They will sing to the LORD.
8I will cause my people to come to me and I will bring them all together.
I will buy them and I will make them free people.
And there will be as many people as there were before.
9I will send them to foreign countries among foreign people.
But, in these far countries, they will remember me.
They and their children will not die.
They will return to Jerusalem.
10I will bring my people back from Egypt
and I will bring them here together from Assyria.
I will bring them to Gilead and to Lebanon.
There will not be enough room for them all.
11And he will come to the difficult sea.
But it will be no trouble to him.
He will stop the waves in the sea.
He will make the river Nile dry.
Proud Assyria will have nothing to be proud about and
the power of Egypt's people will finish.’ #10:11 Many years ago, Moses led Israel's people out of Egypt. The LORD made a dry path for them through the Red Sea. The LORD will make the river Nile dry as he did to the Red Sea then.
12‘I will make my people strong.
They will obey me because they love my name.’