From Defeated Ruler to Conquering King
1Now, daughter who is under attack,
you slash yourself in grief;
a siege is set against us!
They are striking the judge5:1 1Kg 22:24; Jb 16:10; Lm 3:30 of Israel
on the cheek with a rod.
2Bethlehem Ephrathah,5:2 Gn 35:19; Ru 4:11; 1Sm 17:12; Mt 2:6
you are small among the clans of Judah;
one will come from you5:2 Is 11:1; Lk 2:4
to be ruler over Israel for me.5:2 2Ch 7:18; Is 11:1; Jr 30:21; Zch 9:9; Mt 2:6
His origin5:2 Lit His going out is from antiquity,5:2 Ps 74:2; 102:25; Pr 8:22–23; Hab 1:12
from ancient times.
3Therefore, Israel will be abandoned5:3 Hs 11:8; Mc 4:10; 7:13 until the time
when she who is in labor5:3 Mc 4:9–10 has given birth;
then the rest of the ruler’s brothers5:3 Is 10:20–22; Mc 5:7–8 will return
to the people of Israel.5:3 Mc 4:6–7
4He will stand and shepherd them5:4 Is 40:11; 49:9; Ezk 34:13–15,23–24; Mc 7:14
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majestic name of the Lord his God.
They will live securely,
for then his greatness will extend
to the ends of the earth.5:4 Is 45:22; 52:10
5He will be their peace.5:5 Is 9:6
When Assyria invades our land,5:5 Is 8:7–8; 10:24–27
when it marches against our fortresses,
we will raise against it seven shepherds,
even eight leaders of men.
6They will shepherd5:6 Nah 2:11–13; Zph 2:13 the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod5:6 Gn 10:8–12 with a drawn blade.5:6 Aq, Vg; MT, Sym read Nimrod at its gateways
So he will rescue us5:6 Is 14:25; 37:36–37 from Assyria
when it invades our land,
when it marches against our territory.
The Glorious and Purified Remnant
7Then the remnant of Jacob5:7 Is 10:21; Mc 2:12; 4:7; 7:18
will be among many peoples
like dew from the Lord,5:7 Dt 32:2; 2Sm 17:12; Ps 110:3; Hs 14:5
like showers on the grass,5:7 Ps 72:6; Is 44:3
which do not wait for anyone
or linger for mankind.
8Then the remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations, among many peoples,
like a lion among animals of the forest,5:8 Gn 49:9; Nm 24:9
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which tramples5:8 Ps 44:5; Is 41:15–16; Mc 4:13; Zch 10:5 and tears5:8 Hs 5:14 as it passes through,
and there is no one to rescue them.5:8 Ps 50:22
9Your hand will be lifted up against your adversaries,5:9 Ps 10:12; 21:8; Is 26:11
and all your enemies will be destroyed.

10In that day —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
I will remove your horses from you5:10 Dt 17:16; Is 2:7; Hs 14:3
and wreck your chariots.
11I will remove the cities of your land5:11 Is 1:7; 6:11
and tear down all your fortresses.5:11 Is 2:12–17; Hs 10:14; Am 5:9
12I will remove sorceries from your hands,5:12 Dt 18:10–12; Is 2:6; 8:19
and you will not have any more fortune-tellers.
13I will remove your carved images5:13 Is 2:18,20; 17:8; Ezk 6:9
and sacred pillars from you
so that you will no longer worship
the work of your hands.
14I will pull up the Asherah poles5:14 Dt 16:21 from among you5:14 Ex 34:13; Is 27:9
and demolish your cities.5:14 Or shrines
15I will take vengeance in anger and wrath5:15 Is 1:24; 65:12
against the nations that have not obeyed me.