1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
1 "Now marshal yourselves as troops. He has laid siege to us. They will strike the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod."
1 Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; a state of siege has been placed against us. They shall smite the ruler of Israel with a rod (a scepter) on the cheek.
2 “(c)But as for (B)you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Too little to be among the clans of Judah,From (C)you One will go forth for Me to be (D)ruler in Israel.(d)His goings forth are (E)from long ago,From the days of eternity.”
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
2 "As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, even though you remain least among the clans of Judah, nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me will emerge from you. His existence has been from antiquity, even from eternity.
2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity).
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
3 Therefore that ruler will abandon them until the woman in labor gives birth. Then the rest of his countrymen will return to the Israelis."
3 Therefore shall He give them up until the time that she who travails has brought forth; then what is left of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel.
4 And He will arise and (I)shepherd His flockIn the strength of the Lord,In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.And they will (e)remain,Because (f)at that time He will be greatTo the (J)ends of the earth.
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
4 "Then he will take his stand, shepherding by means of the strength of the LORD, by the power of the name of the LORD his God. And they will be firmly established; indeed, from then on he will become great to the ends of the earth.
4 And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall dwell [secure], for then shall He be great [even] to the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
5 And he will be our peace." "When the Assyrian invades our land, trampling through our palaces, we will raise up seven shepherds against him, even eight significant men.
5 And this [One] shall be our peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads upon our soil and in our palaces, then will we raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes among men.
6 They will (M)shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,The land of (N)Nimrod at its entrances;And He will (O)deliver us from the AssyrianWhen he attacks our landAnd when he tramples our territory.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
6 They will shepherd(N) the land of Assyria with the sword,the land of Nimrod(O) with a drawn blade.(e)So He will rescue us(P) from Assyriawhen it invades our land,when it marches against our territory.
6 The shepherds will devastate the land of Assyria with the sword, along with the entrances to the land of Nimrod. "This is how he will vanquish Assyria when he invades our land, trampling within our borders:
6 And they shall rule and waste the land of Assyria with the sword and the land of Nimrod within her [Assyria's own] gates. Thus shall He [the Messiah] deliver us from the Assyrian [representing the opposing powers] when he comes into our land and when he treads on our borders.
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
7 The survivors of Jacob will live among many nations, as dew from the LORD, as showers upon the grass. They will look to no one, and will place no hope in human beings.
7 Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers upon the grass which [come suddenly and] tarry not for man nor wait for the sons of men.
8 The remnant of JacobWill be among the nations,Among many peoples(S)Like a lion among the beasts of the forest,Like a young lion among flocks of sheep,Which, if he passes through,(T)Tramples down and (U)tears,And there is (V)none to rescue.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
8 Then the remnant of Jacobwill be among the nations, among many peoples,like a lion among animals of the forest,(T)like a young lion among flocks of sheep,which tramples(U) and tears(V) as it passes through,and there is no one to rescue them.(W)
8 The survivors of Jacob will live among the nations; they will live among many nations, like a lion among flocks of sheep, who, if he passes through, will trample and tear down with no one to deliver.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many peoples like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion [suddenly appearing] among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer.
9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
9 You will turn your power against your adversaries, and all of your enemies will be cut down."
9 Your hand will be lifted up above your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
10 "It will come about at that time," declares the LORD, "I will tear away your horses from you, and I will destroy your chariots.
10 And in that day, says the Lord, I will cut off your horses [on which you depend] from among you and will destroy your chariots.
11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
11 I will cut off the cities of your land, and I will tear down all of your fortifications.
11 And I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds.
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
12 I will render your witchcraft powerless, and mediums will no longer exist among you.
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts and sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more soothsayers.
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
13 I will separate you from your carved images and sacred pillars, and you no longer will worship what you've made with your hands.
13 Your carved images also I will cut off and your statues or pillars out of your midst, and you shall no more worship the work of your hands.
14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
14 I will uproot your cultic gods from you, and I will tear down your cities.
14 And I will root out your Asherim [symbols of the goddess Asherah] and I will destroy your cities [the seats of false worship].
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
15 I will execute vengeance, anger, and fury on the nations who do not obey."
15 And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance upon the nations which would not obey [vengeance such as they have not heard of before].
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