The Mountain of the Lord
1It shall come to pass #For ver. 1-3, see Isa. 2:2-4in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
2and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,#4:2 Or teaching
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall #[Joel 3:10]beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
4 # See 1 Kgs. 4:25 but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
Isa. 17:2 and no one shall make them afraid,
# See Isa. 1:20 for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
5For #[Jer. 2:11] all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
but #[Zech. 10:12]we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
forever and ever.
The Lord Shall Rescue Zion
6 # [ver. 1] In that day, declares the Lord,
# See Ezek. 11:17 I will assemble the #Ezek. 34:16; Zeph. 3:19lame
and gather those who have been driven away
and those whom I have afflicted;
7and the lame I will make #ch. 2:12; 5:7, 8; Joel 2:32; Zeph. 2:7 the remnant,
and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and #Isa. 24:23; [Dan. 7:14; Luke 1:33] the Lord will reign over them #Ps. 2:6; Heb. 12:22in Mount Zion
from this time forth and forevermore.
8And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you shall it come,
the former dominion shall come,
kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.
9Now why do you cry aloud?
Jer. 8:19 Is there no king in you?
# [Isa. 3:3] Has your counselor perished,
that #Jer. 6:24pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 # [John 16:20, 21] Writhe and groan,#4:10 Or push O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for #[ch. 2:13] now you shall go out from the city
and dwell in the open country;
you #Isa. 39:6, 7 shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
# See Isa. 44:22, 23 there the Lord will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
11Now #Zech. 12:3 many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be defiled,
and #ch. 7:10; Obad. 12let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
12But #[Isa. 10:7] they do not know
the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
that #[Joel 3:13; Hab. 3:12; Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17]he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13Arise and thresh,
O daughter of Zion,
for I will make your horn iron,
and I will make your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples;
and #Lev. 27:28 shall devote#4:13 Hebrew devote to destruction #Isa. 23:18 their gain to the Lord,
their wealth to #Ps. 97:5the Lord of the whole earth.