God defendeth his Church.
Zechariah 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [shall be] the rest of it: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, [shall be] towards the LORD. Zechariah 9:2 And Hamath also shall border by it; Tyre and Zidon, though it be very wise. Zechariah 9:3 And Tyre built herself a strong hold, and amassed silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Zechariah 9:4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, 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 [shall see it], and be very sorrowful, 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: but he that remaineth, even he, [shall be] for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite. Zechariah 9:8 And I will encamp about my house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with my 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 to thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and 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 to the heathen: 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, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit in which [is] no water.
God's promises of victory and defence.
Zechariah 9:12 Turn ye to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to-day do I declare [that] I will render double to thee; Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made 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 will blow the trumpet, and will go with whirlwinds of the south. Zechariah 9:15 The LORD of hosts will defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling-stones; and they shall drink, [and] make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, [and] as the corners of the altar. Zechariah 9:16 And the LORD their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people: for [they shall be as] the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. Zechariah 9:17 For how great [is] his goodness, and how great [is] his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.