1In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.2Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.3He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.4Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig-tree, and no-one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.5All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
The Lord’s plan
6‘In that day,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.7I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and for ever.8As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.’9Why do you now cry aloud – have you no king? Has your ruler perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labour?10Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion, like a woman in labour, for now you must leave the city to camp in the open field. You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued. There the Lord will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.11But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, ‘Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!’12But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing-floor.13‘Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hooves of bronze, and you will break to pieces many nations.’ You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
English Standard Version
The Mountain of the Lord
1It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, (Isa 2:2)2and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.3He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; (Joe 3:10)4but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. (1Ki 4:25; Isa 1:20; Isa 17:2)5For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever. (Jer 2:11; Zec 10:12)
The Lord Shall Rescue Zion
6In that day, declares the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; (Eze 11:17; Eze 34:16; Mic 4:1; Zep 3:19)7and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore. (Ps 2:6; Isa 24:23; Da 7:14; Joe 2:32; Mic 2:12; Mic 5:7; Zep 2:7; Lu 1:33; Heb 12:22)8And you, O tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.9Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pain seized you like a woman in labor? (Isa 3:3; Jer 6:24; Jer 8:19)10Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you shall go out from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued; there the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies. (Isa 39:6; Isa 44:22; Mic 2:13; Joh 16:20)11Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, “Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.” (Ob 1:12; Mic 7:10; Zec 12:3)12But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor. (Isa 10:7; Joe 3:13; Hab 3:12; Mt 3:12; Lu 3:17)13Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; and shall devote their gain to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth. (Le 27:28; Ps 97:5; Isa 23:18)