God defendeth his Church.
Zechariah 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [shall bee] the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, [as] of all the tribes of Israel [shalbe] toward the LORD. Zechariah 9:2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus and Zidon, though it be very wise. Zechariah 9:3 And Tyrus did builde her selfe a strong hold, and heaped vp siluer as the dust, and fine golde as the myre of the streets. Zechariah 9:4 Behold, the Lord wil cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea, and she shalbe deuoured with fire. Zechariah 9:5 Ashkelon shall see [it], and feare, Gaza also [shall see it] and be very sorrowfull, and Ekron: for her expectation shalbe ashamed, and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shal not be inhabited. Zechariah 9:6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. Zechariah 9:7 And I wil take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from betweene his teeth: but he that remaineth, euen hee [shalbe] for our God, and he shall be as a gouernour in Iudah, and Ekron as a Iebusite. Zechariah 9:8 And I will encampe about mine house because of the armie, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressour shall passe through them any more: for now haue I seene with mine eyes.
Zion is exhorted to rejoice for the coming of Christ, and his peaceable Kingdom.
Zechariah 9:9 Reioyce greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout O daughter of Ierusalem: beholde, thy King commeth vnto thee: hee [is] iust, and hauing saluation, lowly, and riding vpon an asse, and vpon a colt, the foale of an asse. Zechariah 9:10 And I wil cut off the charet from Ephraim, and the horse from Ierusalem: and the battell bow shalbe cut off, and he shall speake peace vnto the heathen, and his dominion [shalbe] from sea euen to sea, and from the Riuer, euen to the ends of the earth. Zechariah 9:11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy Couenant, I haue sent foorth thy prisoners out of the pit, wherein [is] no water.
God's promises of victory and defence.
Zechariah 9:12 Turne ye to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope, euen to day doe I declare that I will render double vnto thee: Zechariah 9:13 When I haue bent Iudah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised vp thy sonnes O Zion, against thy sonnes, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mightie man. Zechariah 9:14 And the LORD shalbe seene ouer them, and his arrow shall goe forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall goe with whirlewinds of the South. Zechariah 9:15 The LORD of hostes shall defend them, and they shall deuoure, and subdue with sling stones, and they shal drinke [and] make a noise, as through wine, and they shall bee filled like bowles, [and] as the corners of the Altar. Zechariah 9:16 And the LORD their God shall saue them in that day as the flock of his people, for [they shall be as] the stones of a crowne lifted vp as an ensigne vpon his land. Zechariah 9:17 For how great [is] his goodnesse, and how great [is] his beautie? corne shal make the yong men cheerefull, and new wine the maides.