2 “And you, O Bethʹle·hem* Ephʹra·thah,+ the one too little to get to be among the thousands of Judah,+ from you*+ there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel,+ whose origin* is from early times, from the days of time indefinite.+
4 “And he will certainly stand and do shepherding in the strength of Jehovah,*+ in the superiority of the name of Jehovah* his God.+ And they will certainly keep dwelling,+ for now he will be great as far as the ends* of the earth.+ 5 And this one must become peace.+ As for the As·syrʹi·an, when he comes into our land and when he treads upon our dwelling towers,*+ we shall also have to raise up against him seven shepherds, yes, eight dukes of mankind.* 6 And they will actually shepherd the land of As·syrʹi·a with the sword,+ and the land of Nimʹrod+ in its entrances. And he will certainly bring about deliverance from the As·syrʹi·an,+ when he comes into our land and when he treads upon our territory.
7 “And the remaining ones* of Jacob+ must become in the midst of many peoples like dew from Jehovah,+ like copious showers upon vegetation,+ that does not hope for man* or wait for the sons of earthling man.*+ 8 And the remaining ones of Jacob must become among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of a forest, like a maned young lion among droves of sheep, which, when it actually passes through, certainly both tramples down and tears in pieces;+ and there is no deliverer. 9 Your* hand will be high above your adversaries,+ and all enemies of yours will be cut off.”+
10 “And it must occur in that day,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “that I will cut off your horses from the midst of you and destroy your chariots.+ 11 And I will cut off the cities of your land and tear down all your fortified places.+ 12 And I will cut off sorceries out of your hand, and no practicers of magic will you continue to have.+ 13 And I will cut off your graven images and your pillars from the midst of you, and you will no more bow down to the work of your hands.+ 14 And I will uproot your sacred poles*+ from the midst of you and annihilate your cities. 15 And in anger and in rage I will execute vengeance upon the nations that have not obeyed.”+