Zechariah 9
Contemporary English Version

Israel's Enemies Will Be Punished

1 This is a message

from the Lord:

His eyes are on everyone,

especially the tribes

of Israel.+

So he pronounces judgment

against the cities

of Hadrach and Damascus.+

2Judgment will also fall

on the nearby city

of Hamath,

as well as on Tyre and Sidon,+

whose people are clever.

3Tyre has built a fortress

and piled up silver and gold,

as though they were dust

or mud from the streets.

4Now the Lord will punish Tyre

with poverty;

he will sink its ships

and send it up in flames.

5 Both Ashkelon and Gaza

will tremble with fear;

Ekron will lose all hope.

Gaza's king will be killed,

and Ashkelon emptied

of its people.

6A mob of half-breeds

will settle in Ashdod,+

and the Lord himself

will rob Philistia of pride.

7No longer will the Philistines

eat meat with blood in it

or any unclean food.+

They will become part

of the people of our God

from the tribe of Judah.

And God will accept

the people of Ekron,

as he did the Jebusites.+

8God says, “I will stand guard

to protect my temple from those

who come to attack.

I know what's happening,

and no one will mistreat

my people ever again.”

The Lord Tells about the Coming King

9 Everyone in Jerusalem,

celebrate and shout!

Your king has won a victory,

and he is coming to you.

He is humble

and rides on a donkey;

he comes on the colt

of a donkey.

10 I, the Lord, will take away

war chariots and horses

from Israel+ and Jerusalem.

Bows that were made for battle

will be broken.

I will bring peace to nations,

and your king will rule

from sea to sea.

His kingdom will reach

from the Euphrates River

across the earth.

The Lord Promises To Rescue Captives

11 When I made a sacred agreement

with you, my people,

we sealed it with blood.+

Now some of you are captives

in waterless pits,

but I will come to your rescue

12and offer you hope.

Return to your fortress,

because today I will reward you

with twice what you had.

13I will use Judah as my bow

and Israel+ as my arrow.

I will take the people of Zion

as my sword

and attack the Greeks.

The Lord Will Protect His People

14Like a cloud, the Lord God

will appear over his people,

and his arrows will flash

like lightning.

God will sound his trumpet

and attack in a whirlwind

from the south.

15The Lord All-Powerful

will protect his people,

and they will trample down

the sharpshooters

and their slingshots.

They will drink and get rowdy;

they will be as full as a bowl

at the time of sacrifice.

16The Lord God will save them

on that day,

because they are his people,

and they will shine on his land

like jewels in a crown.

17How lovely they will be.

Young people will grow there

like grain in a field

or grapes in a vineyard.




Footnotes:

9.1 His … Israel: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
9.1 Hadrach and Damascus: Hadrach was north of both Damascus (the main city of Syria) and Hamath (verse 2).
9.2 Tyre and Sidon: Phoenician cities.
9.5,6 Ashkelon and Gaza … Ekron … Ashdod: Philistine cities.
9.7 eat … food: The Philistines will become part of Judah and no longer eat meat with blood in it (see Genesis 9.4) or any other forbidden foods (see Leviticus 11.1-23; Deuteronomy 14.3-21).
9.7 Jebusites: The original people of Canaan, who lived in Jerusalem before it was captured by David (see 2 Samuel 5.6-10) and were later accepted as part of Israel.
9.10 Israel: The Hebrew text has “Ephraim,” the leading tribe of the northern kingdom of Israel, which sometimes stands for the whole kingdom.
9.11 agreement … blood: The agreement at Mount Sinai (see Exodus 24.7,8).
9.13 Israel: Hebrew “Ephraim” (see the note at 9.10).


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