Judgment on Israel’s Enemies
1The burden of the word of Adonai is against the land of Hadrach and will rest upon Damascus. For the eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel are toward Adonai—
2and also upon Hamath bordering it, and upon Tyre and Sidon, though they are very shrewd.
3Tyre built herself a fortress and heaped up silver like dust and fine gold like dirt in the streets.
4Behold, the Lord will impoverish her and destroy her power on the sea, while she will be devoured by fire.
5Ashkelon will see it and fear. Gaza will writhe in pain as will Ekron because her hope will dry up. The king will perish from Gaza and Ashkelon will be uninhabited.
6A mongrel people will live in Ashdod and I will cut off the Philistines’ pride.
7I will remove the blood from his mouth, forbidden food from between his teeth. Whoever is left will be a remnant for our God. He will be like a leader in Judah, and Ekron will be like a Jebusite.
8But I will camp around My House against marauding forces. No oppressor will overrun them again— for now I watch with My own eyes.
Zion’s Coming King
9Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you, a righteous one bringing salvation. He is lowly, riding on a donkey— on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will banish chariots from Ephraim and horses from Jerusalem, and the war bow will be broken. He will speak shalom to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth.
11As for you also, by the blood of your covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless Pit.
12Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope! Today I declare that I will restore twice as much to you.
13I will bend Judah as my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion against your sons, O Greece. I will wield you like a warrior’s sword.
14Then Adonai will be seen over them as His arrow flashes like lightning. Adonai Elohim will blow the shofar and march in whirlwinds of the south.
15Adonai-Tzva’ot will defend them. They will consume and conquer with sling stones. They will drink and roar as with wine and be filled like a bowl, like the corners of the altar.
16Adonai their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people. They will be like gems of a crown sparkling over His land.
17How good and beautiful it will be! Grain will make the young men thrive and new wine the virgin women.”