1 Now gather yourself in troops, daughter of a troop; one sets a siege against us; they shall strike the Judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek. 2 And you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you being least among the thousands of Judah, out of you He shall come forth to Me, to become Ruler in Israel, He whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity. 3 Therefore He will give them over until the time the one giving birth has given birth; then the rest of His brothers shall return to the sons of Israel. 4 And He shall stand and feed in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the name of Jehovah His God. And they shall sit, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5 And this One shall be peace. When Assyria shall come into our land; and when he shall walk in our palaces, then we shall raise against him seven shepherds and eight anointed ones from men. 6 And they shall mar the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at her own entrances. And He shall deliver us from Assyria when he comes into our land, and when he treads within our border.
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples, as dew from Jehovah, as showers on a blade of the grass, which does not wait for man, nor delay for the sons of men. 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 among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goes through, both tramples and tears in pieces. And there is none to snatch back. 9 Your hand shall be high above your foes, and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall be in that day, says Jehovah, I will cut off your horses out of your midst, and I will destroy your chariots. 11 And I will cut off the cities of your land, and throw down all your strongholds. 12 And I will cut off sorceries out of your hand, and there shall not be fortune-tellers among you. 13 I will also cut off your graven images, and your pillars out of the midst of you; and you shall never again worship the work of your hands. 14 And I will pluck your shrines out of the midst of you; so I will destroy your cities. 15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the nations, such as they have not heard.