God defendeth his Church.
Zechariah 9:1 The worde of the Lorde shalbe receyued at Abrach, & Damascus shalbe his offering: for the eyes of all men and of the trybes of Israel shall loke vp vnto þe lord. Zechariah 9:2 The borders of Hemath shalbe hard therby, Tyrus also and Sidon, for they are verye wise. Zechariah 9:3 Tyrus shal make herself strong, heape vs syluer as the sande, & golde as the clay of the stretes. Zechariah 9:4 Beholde, the lord shal take her in, & haue her in possession: he shall smyte doune her power into the sea, & she shalbe consumed with fire. Zechariah 9:5 This shall Ascalon se, & be afraied. Gaza shalbe very sory, so shal Accaron also, because her hope is come to confusyon. For the Kinge of Gaza shal peryshe, and at Ascalon shal no man dwel. Zechariah 9:6 Straungers shal dwel at Asdod, & as for the pryde of the Philistines, I shal rote oute Zechariah 9:7 Their bloud wil I take away from their mouth and their abhominacyons from among their teeth Thus they shalbe left for our God, yea they shalbe as a prince in Iuda, & Accaron like as Iebusy: Zechariah 9:8 & so wil I compase my house round about wt my men of warre goynge to & fro: that no oppressoure come vpon them any 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 thou greatly, O doughter Syon, be glad, O doughter Ierusalem. For lo, thy king commeth vnto the, euen the ryghteous & Sauioure: Lowly and simple is he, he rydeth vpon an asse, & vpon the foale of an asse. Zechariah 9:10 I wil rote out the charrettes from Ephraim, & the horse from Ierusalem, the battel bowes shalbe destroyed. He shall geue the doctryne of peace vnto the heathen, & his dominion shal be from the one syde to the other, and from the flundes to the endes of the worlde. Zechariah 9:11 Thou also thorow thy bloude of thy couenaunt, shalte let thy presoners out of the pyt, wherin is no water.
God's promises of victory and defence.
Zechariah 9:12 Turne you nowe to the strong holde, ye that be in preson, & long sore to be delyuered: And this daye I brynge the word, that I wil rewarde the double agayn. Zechariah 9:13 For Iuda haue I bent out as a bowe for me, and Ephraim haue I fylled Thy sonnes (O Sion) will I rase vp againste the Grekes, & make the as a giauntes swearde: Zechariah 9:14 the Lorde God shalbe sene aboue them, and his dartes shal go forth as the lyghteninge. The Lorde God shall blowe the trompet, and shall come forth as a storme oute of the south. Zechariah 9:15 The Lorde of hostes shall defende them, they shall consume and deuoure, & subdue them with slyng stones. They shal dryncke & rage as it were thorow wyne. They shalbe fylled like the basens, & as the hornes of the aulter. Zechariah 9:16 The Lorde their God shall delyuer them in the day, as the flock of his people: for the stones of his Sanctuary shalbe set vp in his land, Zechariah 9:17 O how prosperous & goodlye a thinge shall that be? The corne shall make the yong men chearefull, and the newe wyne the maydens.