|Zech 9:1 The oracle (a burdensome message) of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach [in Syria], with Damascus as its resting place (for the eyes of men, especially of all the tribes of Israel, are toward the LORD), [Nah 1:1]|
|Zech 9:2 And Hamath also, which borders on it (Damascus),
Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
|Zech 9:3 For Tyre built herself an [impregnable] stronghold [on an island offshore],
And she has heaped up silver like dust
And gold like the mire of the streets.
|Zech 9:4 Behold, the Lord will dispossess her
And throw her wealth into the sea;
And Tyre will be devoured by fire.
|Zech 9:5 Ashkelon will see it and fear;
Gaza will writhe in pain,
And Ekron, for her hope and expectation, has been ruined.
The king will perish from Gaza,
And Ashkelon will not be inhabited.
|Zech 9:6 And a mongrel race will live in Ashdod,
And I will put an end to the pride and arrogance of the Philistines.
|Zech 9:7 I will take the blood from their mouths
And their detestable things from between their teeth [those repulsive, idolatrous sacrifices eaten with the blood].
Then they too will be a remnant for our God,
And be like a clan in Judah,
And Ekron will be like one of the Jebusites.
|Zech 9:8 Then I will camp around My house [as a guard] because of an army,
Because of him who passes by and returns;
And no oppressor will again overrun them (Israel),
For now My eyes are upon them [providentially protecting them].
|Zech 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King (Messianic King) is coming to you;
He is righteous and endowed with salvation,
Humble and unassuming [in submission to the will of the Father] and riding on a donkey,
Upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.
|Zech 9:10 I will cut off the [war] chariot from Ephraim
And the [war] horse from Jerusalem,
And the bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak [words of] peace to the nations,
And His dominion shall be from sea to sea [absolutely endless],
And from the River [Euphrates] to the ends of the earth. [Ps 72:8]
|Zech 9:11 ¶ As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you [My chosen people, the covenant that was sealed with blood]
I have freed your prisoners from the waterless pit. [Gen 37:24; Ex 24:4-8; Heb 9:16]
|Zech 9:12 Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], O prisoners who have the hope;
Even today I am declaring that I will restore double [your former prosperity] to you [as firstborn among nations]. [Ps 40:2; Is 40:2]
|Zech 9:13 For I will bend Judah as My bow,
I will fit the bow with Ephraim [as My arrow].
And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece,
And will make you [Israel] like the sword of a warrior.
|Zech 9:14 Then the LORD will be seen [hovering] over them [protecting His people],
And His arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet
And will march in the windstorms of the south.
|Zech 9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend and protect them;
And they will devour [the enemy] and trample down the slingstones [that have missed their mark],
And they will drink [of victory] and be boisterous as with wine;
And they shall be filled like sacrificial bowls [used to catch the blood],
Drenched like the corners of the [sacrificial] altar.
|Zech 9:16 And the LORD their God shall save them on that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are like the [precious] jewels of a crown,
Displayed and glittering in His land.
|Zech 9:17 For how great is God's goodness and how great is His beauty! And how great [He will make Israel's] goodliness and [Israel's] beauty!
Grain and new wine will make the young men and virgins flourish.