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Good Shepherd Cares for Judah

10 Ask Adonai for rain in spring!
    Adonai makes the storm clouds
and will give rain showers
    and plants of the field to everyone.
The idols utter deceit
        and diviners see lies.
    They relate false dreams
        and comfort in vain.
    Therefore the people wander like sheep,
        afflicted because there is no shepherd.[a]

My anger burns against the shepherds
        and I will punish the leaders.[b]
    Adonai-Tzva’ot cares for His flock,
        the house of Judah.
    He will make them His valiant steed in battle.
From Judah will come the cornerstone,[c]
        from him the tent peg,
        from him the battle bow
        and from him every leader together.
They will be like mighty men
        treading down muddy streets in war.
        They will fight, because Adonai is with them
        and will put horsemen to shame.
I will strengthen the house of Judah
        and save the house of Joseph.
    I will bring them back,
        for I have compassion on them.
    They will be as though
        I had never spurned them,
    for I am Adonai their God
        and I will answer them!
The Ephraimites will be like a warrior.
    Their hearts will be glad as with wine.
    Their children will see and be glad.
    Their hearts will rejoice in Adonai.
I will signal for them and gather them.
    Surely I will redeem them
    and they will be as numerous as before.
Though I scatter them among the peoples,
    they will remember Me in distant places.
    They and their children will survive and return.
10 I will restore from the land of Egypt
        and gather them from Assyria.
    I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon
        till there is no room for them.
11 He will cross the turbulent sea
        and calm its raging waves.
    All the depths of the Nile will dry up,
        the pride of Assyria brought down,
        the scepter of Egypt removed.
12 So I will strengthen them in Adonai
        and they will walk in His Name.
It is a declaration of Adonai.