Judgment on Israel’s Enemies
1The oracle of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach
and #See Isa. 17:1Damascus is its resting place.
For the Lord has an eye on mankind
and on all the tribes of Israel,#9:1 Or For the eye of mankind, especially of all the tribes of Israel, is toward the Lord
Jer. 49:23; See 1 Kgs. 8:65 and on Hamath also, which borders on it,
Josh. 19:28, 29; Isa. 23:1, 2 Tyre and #Josh. 19:28, 29; Isa. 23:1, 2 Sidon, though #See Ezek. 28:3-5they are very wise.
3Tyre has built herself #[Josh. 19:29] a rampart
and #Ezek. 28:4, 5heaped up silver like dust,
and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
4But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions
and strike down #Ezek. 26:17 her power on the sea,
and #Ezek. 28:18she shall be devoured by fire.
5 # See Zeph. 2:4 Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;
Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.
The king shall perish from Gaza;
Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
6 # [Deut. 23:2] a mixed people#9:6 Or a foreign people; Hebrew a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod,
and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
7I will take away #See Lev. 3:17 its blood from its mouth,
and #[Isa. 66:17] its abominations from between its teeth;
# [Isa. 14:1] it too shall be a remnant for our God;
it shall be like #ch. 12:5, 6a clan in Judah,
and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
8Then #[ch. 2:5] I will encamp at my house as a guard,
# ch. 7:14 so that none shall march to and fro;
# ch. 10:4; [Isa. 60:17] no oppressor shall again march over them,
# [ch. 12:4] for now I see with my own eyes.
The Coming King of Zion
9 # See Zeph. 3:14 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
# Cited Matt. 21:5; [John 12:15] Behold, #See Jer. 23:5 your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
# [Matt. 11:29] humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 # See Hos. 1:7 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and #See Mic. 5:10 the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and #See Mic. 5:5 he shall speak peace to the nations;
Ps. 72:8 his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from #See Ex. 23:31the River#9:10 That is, the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.
11As for you also, because of #Ex. 24:8 the blood of my covenant with you,
Isa. 42:7; 51:14; 61:1 I will set your prisoners free from #[Gen. 37:24; Jer. 38:6]the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O #[Jer. 31:17] prisoners of hope;
today I declare that #Isa. 61:7I will restore to you double.
13For #[ch. 10:3, 4] I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will stir up your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, #Gen. 10:2; Ezek. 27:13O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior’s sword.
The Lord Will Save His People
14Then the Lord will appear over them,
and #See 2 Sam. 22:15 his arrow will go forth like lightning;
# [Isa. 27:13] the Lord God will sound the trumpet
and will march forth in #Isa. 21:1 the whirlwinds #[ch. 6:6]of the south.
15The Lord of hosts #ch. 12:8; [ch. 10:5] will protect them,
and #ch. 12:6 they shall devour, #[ch. 10:5] and tread down the sling stones,
and #ch. 10:7 they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenched #[Lev. 4:18, 25]like the corners of the altar.
16On that day the Lord their God will save them,
as #Ps. 100:3 the flock of his people;
for #Isa. 62:3; [Mal. 3:17]like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
17 # [Isa. 62:3, 4] For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
# [Isa. 62:8, 9; Jer. 31:12] Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.