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Zechariah 9

English Standard Version

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