10 Ask the Lord for rain during the ·springtime [L latter] rains. The Lord is the one who makes the storm clouds. He sends the showers and gives everyone ·green [plants in the] fields. 2 ·Idols [Household gods; L Teraphim; Gen. 31:19] ·tell lies [or give worthless counsel]; fortune-tellers see ·false [lying] visions and tell about false dreams. The comfort they give is ·worth nothing [in vain]. So the people ·are [wander] like lost sheep. They are ·abused [oppressed; or in distress], because there is no shepherd.
3 The Lord says, “·I am angry [My anger burns] at my shepherds, and I will punish the ·leaders [L lead goats]. I, the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], care for my flock, the ·people [L house] of Judah. I will make them like my ·proud [majestic] war horses.
4 From ·Judah [L him] will come the cornerstone, and the tent peg, the battle bow, and every ruler. 5 Together they will be like ·soldiers [mighty men] ·marching to battle [or trampling their enemies] through muddy streets. The Lord is with them, so they will fight and ·defeat [L put to shame] the horsemen.
6 “I will strengthen the ·people [L house] of Judah and save the ·people [L house] of Joseph. I will bring them back, because I ·care about [have compassion on] them. It will be as though I had never ·left [rejected] them, because I am the Lord their God, and I will ·answer [hear] them. 7 The people of Ephraim will be strong like ·soldiers [mighty men]; ·they will be glad [L their hearts will rejoice] as when they have drunk wine. Their children will see it and rejoice; they will ·be happy [rejoice] in the Lord. 8 I will ·call [signal/whistle for] my people and gather them together. I will ·save [redeem] them, and they grow as numerous as they were before. 9 I have scattered them among the nations, but in those faraway places, they will remember me. They and their children will ·live [survive; sprout forth] and return. 10 I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon until there isn’t enough room for them all. 11 ·They [or The Lord; L He] will come through the sea of trouble [C as at the Red/or Reed Sea; Ex. 14:22]. The waves of the sea will be calm, and the ·Nile River [L depths of the Nile/River] will dry up. I will ·defeat [bring down; humble] Assyria’s pride and destroy Egypt’s ·power over other countries [L scepter; C ruling authority]. 12 I will make my people strong [L in the Lord], and they will ·live as I say [L walk in my name],” says the Lord.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Try Bible Gateway Plus, a brand-new service that lets you experience Bible Gateway free of banner ads! It also gives you instant access to over 40 Bible study and inspirational devotional books, including the NIV Study Bible. With Bible Gateway Plus, you can experience and understand God's Word in life-changing new ways, without the distraction of ads. Try it free for 30 days—you can cancel at any time. Following your 30-day free trial, Bible Gateway Plus is only $3.99/month.