9 A pronouncement:
“The word of Jehovah is against the land of Haʹdrach,
—For Jehovah’s eye is on mankind+
And on all the tribes of Israel—
She piled up silver like dust
And gold like the dirt of the streets.+
4 Look! Jehovah will take away her possessions,
And she will be consumed in the fire.+
5 Ashʹke·lon will see it and be afraid;
Gazʹa will feel great anguish,
Also Ekʹron, because her hope is put to shame.
A king will perish from Gazʹa,
And Ashʹke·lon will not be inhabited.+
6 An illegitimate son will settle in Ashʹdod,
And I will do away with the pride of the Phi·lisʹtine.+
7 I will remove the bloodstained things from his mouth
And the disgusting things from between his teeth,
And he will be left remaining for our God;
And Ekʹron like the Jebʹu·site.+
So that there will be no one passing through and no one returning;
For now I have seen it* with my eyes.
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Look! Your king is coming to you.+
He is righteous, bringing salvation,*
Humble+ and riding on a donkey,
10 I will take away the war chariot from Eʹphra·im
And the horse from Jerusalem.
The battle bow will be taken away.
And he will proclaim peace to the nations;+
His rulership will be from sea to sea
11 As for you, O woman, by the blood of your covenant,
I will send your prisoners out of the waterless pit.+
Today I am telling you,
‘I will repay to you, O woman, a double portion.+
The bow I will fill with Eʹphra·im,*
And I will awaken your sons, O Zion,
Against your sons, O Greece,
And I will make you like a warrior’s sword.’
14 Jehovah will be seen over them,
And his arrow will go out like lightning.
The Sovereign Lord Jehovah will sound the horn,+
And he will advance with the windstorms of the south.
They will drink and be boisterous, as if with wine;
And they will be filled like the bowl,
Like the corners of the altar.+
16 Jehovah their God will save them in that day
As the flock of his people;+
Grain will make the young men thrive,
And new wine the virgins.”+