God Will Bless Judah and Ephraim

10 Ask (A)rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—

The Lord who (B)makes the [a]storm clouds;
And He will give them (C)showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.
For the (D)teraphim speak [b]iniquity,
And the (E)diviners see [c]lying visions
And tell (F)false dreams;
They comfort in vain.
Therefore the people [d]wander like (G)sheep,
They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.
“My (H)anger is kindled against the shepherds,
And I will punish the [e]male goats;
For the Lord of hosts has (I)visited His flock, the house of Judah,
And will make them like His majestic horse in battle.
“From [f]them will come the (J)cornerstone,
From [g]them the tent peg,
From [h]them the bow of (K)battle,
From [i]them every [j]ruler, all of them together.
“They will be as mighty men,
(L)Treading down the enemy in the mire of the streets in battle;
And they will fight, for the Lord will be with them;
And the (M)riders on horses will be put to shame.
“I will (N)strengthen the house of Judah,
And I will (O)save the house of Joseph,
And I will [k](P)bring them back,
Because I have had (Q)compassion on them;
And they will be as though I had (R)not rejected them,
For I am the Lord their God and I will (S)answer them.
“Ephraim will be like a mighty man,
And their heart will be glad as if from wine;
Indeed, their (T)children will see it and be glad,
[l]Their heart will rejoice in the Lord.
“I will (U)whistle for them to gather them together,
For I have redeemed them;
And they will be as (V)numerous as they [m](W)were before.
“When I [n]scatter them among the peoples,
They will (X)remember Me in far countries,
And they with their children will live and come back.
10 “I will (Y)bring them back from the land of Egypt
And gather them from Assyria;
And I will bring them into the land of (Z)Gilead and Lebanon
[o]Until (AA)no room can be found for them.
11 “And they will pass through the (AB)sea of distress
And He will strike the waves in the sea,
So that all the depths of the (AC)Nile will dry up;
And the pride of (AD)Assyria will be brought down
And the scepter of (AE)Egypt will depart.
12 “And I will (AF)strengthen them in the Lord,
And in His name (AG)they will walk,” declares the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 10:1 Or thunderbolts
  2. Zechariah 10:2 Or futility
  3. Zechariah 10:2 Lit a lie
  4. Zechariah 10:2 Lit journey
  5. Zechariah 10:3 I.e. leaders
  6. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  7. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  8. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  9. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  10. Zechariah 10:4 Or oppressor
  11. Zechariah 10:6 Or make them dwell
  12. Zechariah 10:7 Or Let their heart rejoice
  13. Zechariah 10:8 Lit were numerous
  14. Zechariah 10:9 Lit sow
  15. Zechariah 10:10 Lit And

The Lord Will Care for Judah

10 Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
    it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain(A) to all people,
    and plants of the field(B) to everyone.
The idols(C) speak deceitfully,
    diviners(D) see visions that lie;
they tell dreams(E) that are false,
    they give comfort in vain.(F)
Therefore the people wander like sheep
    oppressed for lack of a shepherd.(G)

“My anger burns against the shepherds,
    and I will punish the leaders;(H)
for the Lord Almighty will care
    for his flock, the people of Judah,
    and make them like a proud horse in battle.(I)
From Judah will come the cornerstone,(J)
    from him the tent peg,(K)
from him the battle bow,(L)
    from him every ruler.
Together they[a] will be like warriors in battle
    trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.(M)
They will fight because the Lord is with them,
    and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.(N)

“I will strengthen(O) Judah
    and save the tribes of Joseph.
I will restore them
    because I have compassion(P) on them.(Q)
They will be as though
    I had not rejected them,
for I am the Lord their God
    and I will answer(R) them.
The Ephraimites will become like warriors,
    and their hearts will be glad as with wine.(S)
Their children will see it and be joyful;
    their hearts will rejoice(T) in the Lord.
I will signal(U) for them
    and gather them in.
Surely I will redeem them;
    they will be as numerous(V) as before.
Though I scatter them among the peoples,
    yet in distant lands they will remember me.(W)
They and their children will survive,
    and they will return.
10 I will bring them back from Egypt
    and gather them from Assyria.(X)
I will bring them to Gilead(Y) and Lebanon,
    and there will not be room(Z) enough for them.
11 They will pass through the sea of trouble;
    the surging sea will be subdued
    and all the depths of the Nile will dry up.(AA)
Assyria’s pride(AB) will be brought down
    and Egypt’s scepter(AC) will pass away.(AD)
12 I will strengthen(AE) them in the Lord
    and in his name they will live securely,(AF)
declares the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 10:5 Or ruler, all of them together. / They

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