Judgment against Israel’s Enemies
1This is the message#9:1a Hebrew An Oracle: The message. from the Lord against the land of Aram#9:1b Hebrew land of Hadrach. and the city of Damascus, for the eyes of humanity, including all the tribes of Israel, are on the Lord.
2Doom is certain for Hamath,
and for the cities of Tyre and Sidon,
though they are so clever.
3Tyre has built a strong fortress
and has made silver and gold
as plentiful as dust in the streets!
4But now the Lord will strip away Tyre’s possessions
and hurl its fortifications into the sea,
and it will be burned to the ground.
5The city of Ashkelon will see Tyre fall
and will be filled with fear.
Gaza will shake with terror,
as will Ekron, for their hopes will be dashed.
Gaza’s king will be killed,
and Ashkelon will be deserted.
6Foreigners will occupy the city of Ashdod.
I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.
7I will grab the bloody meat from their mouths
and snatch the detestable sacrifices from their teeth.
Then the surviving Philistines will worship our God
and become like a clan in Judah.#9:7 Hebrew like a leader in Judah.
The Philistines of Ekron will join my people,
as the ancient Jebusites once did.
8I will guard my Temple
and protect it from invading armies.
I am watching closely to ensure
that no more foreign oppressors overrun my people’s land.
Zion’s Coming King
9Rejoice, O people of Zion!#9:9a Hebrew O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,#9:9b Hebrew and is being vindicated.
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.
10I will remove the battle chariots from Israel#9:10a Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel; also in 9:13.
and the warhorses from Jerusalem.
I will destroy all the weapons used in battle,
and your king will bring peace to the nations.
His realm will stretch from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates River#9:10b Hebrew the river. to the ends of the earth.#9:10c Or the end of the land.
11Because of the covenant I made with you,
sealed with blood,
I will free your prisoners
from death in a waterless dungeon.
12Come back to the place of safety,
all you prisoners who still have hope!
I promise this very day
that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.
13Judah is my bow,
and Israel is my arrow.
Jerusalem#9:13a Hebrew Zion. is my sword,
and like a warrior, I will brandish it against the Greeks.#9:13b Hebrew the sons of Javan.
14The Lord will appear above his people;
his arrows will fly like lightning!
The Sovereign Lord will sound the ram’s horn
and attack like a whirlwind from the southern desert.
15The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will protect his people,
and they will defeat their enemies by hurling great stones.
They will shout in battle as though drunk with wine.
They will be filled with blood like a bowl,
drenched with blood like the corners of the altar.
16On that day the Lord their God will rescue his people,
just as a shepherd rescues his sheep.
They will sparkle in his land
like jewels in a crown.
17How wonderful and beautiful they will be!
The young men will thrive on abundant grain,
and the young women will flourish on new wine.