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Zechariah 9

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God defends his church.

9:1 An oracle.
The word of Yahweh is against the land of Hadrach,
and will rest upon Damascus;
for the eye of man
and of all the tribes of Israel is toward Yahweh;

9:2 and Hamath, also, which borders on it;
Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise.

9:3 Tyre built herself a stronghold,
and heaped up silver like the dust,
and fine gold like the mire of the streets.

9:4 Behold, the Lord will dispossess her,
and he will strike her power in the sea;
and she will be devoured with fire.

9:5 Ashkelon will see it, and fear;
Gaza also, and will writhe in agony;
as will Ekron, for her expectation will be disappointed;
and the king will perish from Gaza,
and Ashkelon will not be inhabited.

9:6 Foreigners will dwell in Ashdod,
and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

9:7 I will take away his blood out of his mouth,
and his abominations from between his teeth;
and he also will be a remnant for our God;
and he will be as a chieftain in Judah,
and Ekron as a Jebusite.

9:8 I will encamp around my house against the army,
that none pass through or return;
and no oppressor will pass through them any more:
for now I have seen with my eyes.

Zion is exhorted to rejoice for the coming of Christ, and his peaceable kingdom.

9:9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion!
Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King comes to you!
He is righteous, and having salvation;
lowly, and riding on a donkey,
even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

9:10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow will be cut off;
and he will speak peace to the nations:
and his dominion will be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

9:11 As for you also,
because of the blood of your covenant,
I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.

God's promises of victory and defence.

9:12 Turn to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope!
Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.

9:13 For indeed I bend Judah as a bow for me.
I have filled the bow with Ephraim;
and I will stir up your sons, Zion,
against your sons, Greece,
and will make you like the sword of a mighty man.

9:14 Yahweh will be seen over them;
and his arrow will go flash like lightning;
and the Lord Yahweh will blow the trumpet,
and will go with whirlwinds of the south.

9:15 Yahweh of Armies will defend them;
and they will destroy and overcome with sling stones;
and they will drink, and roar as through wine;
and they will be filled like bowls,
like the corners of the altar.

9:16 Yahweh their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people;
for they are like the jewels of a crown,
lifted on high over his land.

9:17 For how great is his goodness,
and how great is his beauty!
Grain will make the young men flourish,
and new wine the virgins.

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