4 In the last days the mountain ·on which the Lord’s Temple stands [L of the house of the Lord] will become the ·most important [L head] of all mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and people from other nations will come streaming to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the ·Temple [L house] of the God of Jacob, so that he can teach us his ways, and we can ·obey his teachings [L walk in his paths].” His ·teachings [instruction; law; L Torah] will go out from ·Jerusalem [L Zion], the word of the Lord from ·that city [L Jerusalem]. 3 The Lord will ·judge [or arbitrate between] many nations; he will ·make decisions about [settle disputes between] strong nations that are far away. They will ·hammer [beat] their swords into ·plow blades [T plowshares] and their spears into ·hooks for trimming trees [pruning hooks; Is. 2:4; Joel 3:10]. Nations will no longer raise swords against other nations; they will not train for war anymore. 4 Everyone will sit under his own grapevine and fig tree [C symbols of prosperity], and no one will make him afraid, because the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] has said it. 5 All other nations ·may follow [L walk in the name of] their own gods, but we will ·follow [L walk in the name of] the Lord our God forever and ever.
6 The Lord says, “·At that time [L In that day],
I will gather the ·crippled [lame]; I will ·bring together [assemble; gather] ·those who were sent away [the outcast/exile], those whom I ·caused to have trouble [afflicted; filled with grief]. 7 I will ·keep alive those who were crippled [make the lame a remnant], and I will make a strong nation of those who were ·sent away [outcasts; exiles]. The Lord will ·be their king [reign over them] in Mount Zion from now on and forever. 8 And you, ·watchtower of the flocks [or Migdal-eder], ·hill [or stronghold] of ·Jerusalem [L Daughter Zion], to you ·will come the kingdom [dominion will be restored] as in the past. ·Jerusalem [L Daughter Jerusalem], the ·right to rule [kingship; sovereignty] will come again to you.”
Why the Israelites Must Go to Babylon
9 Now, why do you cry so loudly? ·Is your king gone [Have you no king/King; C either a human king or God]? Have you lost your ·helper [counselor; wise guide], so that you are in pain, like a woman ·trying to give birth [in labor]? 10 ·People of Jerusalem [L Daughter Zion], ·strain and be in pain [writhe and groan]. Be like a woman ·trying to give birth [in labor], because now you must leave the city and live in the field. You will go to Babylon, but you will be ·saved [rescued] from that place. The Lord will go there and ·buy you back [redeem you] from [L the hand of] your enemies.
11 But now many nations have ·come to fight [gathered; assembled] against you, saying, “·Let’s destroy Jerusalem [L Let her be defiled/desecrated]. We will ·look at her and be glad we have defeated [gloat over; L let our eye look upon] ·her [L Zion].” 12 But they don’t know ·what the Lord is thinking [the thoughts of the Lord]; they don’t understand his plan. He has gathered them like ·bundles of grain [sheaves] to the threshing floor.
13 “Get up and ·beat them [thresh], ·people of Jerusalem [Daughter Zion]. I will make you ·strong as if you had horns of iron [horns of iron] and hoofs of bronze. You will beat many nations into small pieces and ·give [devote; consecrate] their ·wealth [gains; spoils] to the Lord, their ·treasure [wealth] to the Lord of all the earth.”
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