God defendeth his Church.
Zechariah 9:1 The worde of the Lorde shalbe receaued at Adrach, & Damascus shalbe hys offeryng: for the eyes of all men & of þe trybes of Israel shall loke vp vnto þe Lord. Zechariah 9:2 The borders of Hemath shall be herde therby, Tirus also & Sidon, for they are very wyse, Zechariah 9:3 Tirus shall make her self stronge, heape vp syluer as þe sande, & golde as þe claye of þe stretes. Zechariah 9:4 Behold, þe Lord shal take her in, & haue her in possessyon: he shal smyte downe her power into þe see, and she shalbe consumed wt fyre. Zechariah 9:5 This shall Ascalon se, & be afrayed. Gaza shalbe very sory, so shall Accaron also, because her hope is come to confusion. For þe kynge of Gaza shal perysh, & at Ascalon shall no man dwell. Zechariah 9:6 Straungers shall dwell at Asdod, & as for þe pryde of the Philystynes, I shall rote it out. Zechariah 9:7 Theyr bloude wyll I take awaye from theyr mouth, & theyr abhomynacyons from among theyr teeth. Thus they shalbe left for our God, yee, they shalbe as a prince in Iuda, & Accaron lyke as a Iebusy. Zechariah 9:8 And so wyll I compase my house rounde about wt my men of warre goynge to & fro: that no oppressoure come vpon them eny more. For that haue I sene now with myne eyes.
Zion is exhorted to rejoice for the coming of Christ, and his peaceable Kingdom.
Zechariah 9:9 Reioyce þu greatly, O daughter Syon be glad, O daughter Ierusalem. For lo, thy kynge commeth vnto the, euen the ryghteous and Sauioure, Lowly & symple is he, he rydeth vpon an asse, & vpon þe foale of an asse. Zechariah 9:10 I will rote out þe charrettes from Ephraim, & the horse from Ierusalem, þe batel bowes shalbe destroyed. He shall geue the doctrine of peace vnto þe Heathen, & his dominyon shalbe from þe one see to þe other, & from the floudes to the endes of the worlde. Zechariah 9:11 Thou also thorow the bloude of thy couenaunt: shalt let thy presoners out of the pitte wher in is no water.
God's promises of victory and defence.
Zechariah 9:12 Turne you now to þe stronge holde, ye þt be in preson, & longe sore to be deliuered. And this daye I bryng þe worde, þt I wyll rewarde þe double agayne. Zechariah 9:13 For Iuda haue I bent out as a bowe for me & Ephraim haue I fylled. Thy sonnes, O Sion, will I rayse vp agaynst þe Grekes, & make þe as a gyauntes swearde: Zechariah 9:14 þe Lorde God shalbe sene aboue them, & hys dartes shall go forth as þe lyghtenynge. The Lord God shall blowe the trompet, and shal come forth as a storme out of the south. Zechariah 9:15 The Lord of hoostes shall defende them, they shal consume & deuoure, & subdue them with slynge stones. They shall dryncke & rage, as it were thorow wyne. They shalbe fylled lyke þe basens, & as þe hornes of þe aulter. Zechariah 9:16 The Lord their God shal delyuer them in the daye, as þe flock of his people: ffor as precyous stones of a dyademe they shall be sett vp ouer his lande. Zechariah 9:17 O how prosperous and goodly a thynge shal that be? The corne shall make þe yonge men chearefull, and the new wyne the maydens.