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)

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Footnotes

  1. 5:2 Lit His going out

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