23 I will establish over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd.(A)

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Bethlehem Ephrathah,(A)
you are small among the clans of Judah;
one will come from you(B)
to be ruler over Israel for me.(C)
His origin[a] is from antiquity,(D)
from ancient times.
Therefore, Israel will be abandoned(E) until the time
when she who is in labor(F) has given birth;
then the rest of the ruler’s brothers(G) will return
to the people of Israel.(H)
He will stand and shepherd them(I)
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majestic name of the Lord his God.
They will live securely,
for then his greatness will extend
to the ends of the earth.(J)
He will be their peace.(K)
When Assyria invades our land,(L)
when it marches against our fortresses,
we will raise against it seven shepherds,
even eight leaders of men.
They will shepherd(M) the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod(N) with a drawn blade.[b]
So he will rescue us(O) from Assyria
when it invades our land,
when it marches against our territory.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:2 Lit His going out
  2. 5:6 Aq, Vg; MT, Sym read Nimrod at its gateways

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