1 “Now you are slashing yourself, O daughter under attack; A siege is laid against us. With a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
2 And you, O Bethʹlehem Ephʹrathah, The one too little to be among the thousands of Judah, From you will come out for me the one to be ruler in Israel, Whose origin is from ancient times, from the days of long ago.
3 So he will give them up Until the time that she who is to give birth has given birth. And the rest of his brothers will return to the people of Israel.
4 He will stand up and shepherd in the strength of Jehovah, In the superiority of the name of Jehovah his God. And they will dwell in security, For now his greatness will reach the ends of the earth.
5 And he will bring peace. Should the Assyrʹian invade our land and tread on our fortified towers, We will raise up against him seven shepherds, yes, eight princes of mankind.
6 They will shepherd the land of Assyrʹia with the sword, And the land of Nimʹrod at its entrances. And he will rescue us from the Assyrʹian, When he invades our land and treads on our territory.
7 The remaining ones of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples Like dew from Jehovah, Like showers of rain on vegetation That do not put hope in man Or wait for the sons of men.
8 The remaining ones of Jacob will be among the nations, In the midst of many peoples, Like a lion among the beasts of a forest, Like a young lion among flocks of sheep, That passes through and pounces and tears in pieces; And there is no one to rescue them.
9 Your hand will be raised over your adversaries, And all your enemies will be destroyed.”
10 “In that day,” declares Jehovah, “I will do away with your horses from your midst and destroy your chariots.
11 I will destroy the cities of your land And tear down all your fortified places.
12 I will put an end to the sorcery you practice, And no one practicing magic will remain among you.
13 I will destroy your graven images and your pillars from your midst, And you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands.
14 I will uproot your sacred poles from your midst And annihilate your cities.
15 In anger and wrath I will execute vengeance On the nations that have not obeyed.”