English Revised Version

Zechariah 9

God defendeth his Church.

Zechariah 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD upon the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [shall be] its resting place: for the eye of man and of all the tribes of Israel is toward the LORD: Zechariah 9:2 and Hamath also which bordereth thereon: Tyre and Zidon, because she is very wise. Zechariah 9:3 And Tyre did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Zechariah 9:4 Behold, the Lord will dispossess her, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire. Zechariah 9:5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also, and shall be sore pained; and Ekron, for her expectation shall be ashamed: and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall 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 will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God: and he shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite. Zechariah 9:8 And I will encamp about mine house against the army, that none pass through or return: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

Zion is exhorted to rejoice for the coming of Christ, and his peaceable Kingdom.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace unto the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. Zechariah 9:11 As for thee also, because of the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

God's promises of victory and defence.

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee. Zechariah 9:13 For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and will make thee as the sword of a mighty man. Zechariah 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. Zechariah 9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and shall tread down the sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine: and they shall be filled like bowls, like the corners of the altar. Zechariah 9:16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for [they shall be as] the stones of a crown, lifted on high over his land. Zechariah 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the maids.

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