Zechariah 9:13
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New International Version
I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword.

New Living Translation
Judah is my bow, and Israel is my arrow. Jerusalem is my sword, and like a warrior, I will brandish it against the Greeks.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; And I will make you like a warrior's sword.

King James Bible
When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I will bend Judah as My bow; I will fill that bow with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece. I will make you like a warrior's sword.

International Standard Version
For I have bent Judah as if it were my bow, loading it with Ephraim. I raised up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, wielding you like a mighty warrior's sword."

NET Bible
I will bend Judah as my bow; I will load the bow with Ephraim, my arrow! I will stir up your sons, Zion, against yours, Greece, and I will make you, Zion, like a warrior's sword.

New Heart English Bible
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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will bend Judah as my bow and draw my bow with Ephraim [as its arrow]. I will stir up your people, Zion, against your people, Greece, and I will use you like a warrior's sword.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I bend Judah for Me, I fill the bow with Ephraim; And I will stir up thy sons, O Zion, Against thy sons, O Javan, And will make thee as the sword of a mighty man.

New American Standard 1977
For I will bend Judah as My bow,
            I will fill the bow with Ephraim.
            And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece;
            And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for I have bent Judah for me as a bow, and I made Ephraim his arrow, and I will raise up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and make thee as the sword of a mighty man.

King James 2000 Bible
When I have bent Judah as my bow, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you like the sword of a mighty man.

American King James Version
When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you as the sword of a mighty man.

American Standard Version
For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and will make thee as the sword of a mighty man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because I have bent Juda for me as a bow, I have filled Ephraim: and I will raise up thy sons, O Sion, above thy sons, O Greece, and I will make thee as the sword of the mighty.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will raise up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and make thee like the sword of a mighty man.

English Revised Version
For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and will make thee as the sword of a mighty man.

Webster's Bible Translation
When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

World English Bible
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.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have trodden for Me Judah, A bow I have filled with Ephraim, And I have stirred up thy sons, O Zion, Against thy sons, O Javan, And I have set thee as the sword of a hero.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:9-17 The prophet breaks forth into a joyful representation of the coming of the Messiah, of whom the ancient Jews explained this prophecy. He took the character of their King, when he entered Jerusalem amidst the hosannas of the multitude. But his kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. It shall not be advanced by outward force or carnal weapons. His gospel shall be preached to the world, and be received among the heathen. A sinful state is a state of bondage; it is a pit, or dungeon, in which there is no water, no comfort; and we are all by nature prisoners in this pit. Through the precious blood of Christ, many prisoners of Satan have been set at liberty from the horrible pit in which they must otherwise have perished, without hope or comfort. While we admire Him, let us seek that his holiness and truth may be shown in our own spirits and conduct. These promises have accomplishment in the spiritual blessings of the gospel which we enjoy by Jesus Christ. As the deliverance of the Jews was typical of redemption by Christ, so this invitation speaks to all the language of the gospel call. Sinners are prisoners, but prisoners of hope; their case is sad, but not desperate; for there is hope in Israel concerning them. Christ is a Strong-hold, a strong Tower, in whom believers are safe from the fear of the wrath of God, the curse of the law, and the assaults of spiritual enemies. To him we must turn with lively faith; to him we must flee, and trust in his name under all trials and sufferings. It is here promised that the Lord would deliver his people. This passage also refers to the apostles, and the preachers of the gospel in the early ages. God was evidently with them; his words from their lips pierced the hearts and consciences of the hearers. They were wondrously defended in persecution, and were filled with the influences of the Holy Spirit. They were saved by the Good Shepherd as his flock, and honoured as jewels of his crown. The gifts, graces, and consolations of the Spirit, poured forth on the day of Pentecost, Ac 2 and in succeeding times, are represented. Sharp have been, and still will be, the conflicts of Zion's sons, but their God will give them success. The more we are employed, and satisfied with his goodness, the more we shall admire the beauty revealed in the Redeemer. Whatever gifts God bestows on us, we must serve him cheerfully with them; and, when refreshed with blessings, we must say, How great is his goodness!
Study Bible
Zion's Coming King
12Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you. 13For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; And I will make you like a warrior's sword. 14Then the LORD will appear over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And will march in the storm winds of the south.…
Cross References
Psalm 45:3
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty!

Jeremiah 51:20
He says, "You are My war-club, My weapon of war; And with you I shatter nations, And with you I destroy kingdoms.

Daniel 11:32
"By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.

Joel 3:6
and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,

Joel 3:7
behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.
Treasury of Scripture

When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you as the sword of a mighty man.

bent.

Zechariah 1:21 Then said I, What come these to do? And he spoke, saying, These are …

Zechariah 10:3-7 My anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: …

Zechariah 12:2-8 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people …

Micah 5:4-9 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

and raised.

Psalm 49:2-9 Both low and high, rich and poor, together…

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they …

Amos 2:11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men …

Obadiah 1:21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; …

against.

Daniel 8:21-25 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that …

Daniel 11:32-34 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by …

Joel 3:6-8 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you …

Micah 4:2,3 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the …

Mark 16:15-20 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Romans 15:16-20 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering …

1 Corinthians 1:21-28 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God…

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh…

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

made.

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and …

Psalm 18:32-35 It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect…

Psalm 45:3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teaches my hands to war, and …

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword …

Isaiah 41:15,16 Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: …

Isaiah 49:2 And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his …

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went …

Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things said …

Revelation 19:15,21 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite …

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