4 * And in the future days the mountain of Jehovah’s house shall be set at the head of the mountains, lifted above hills, and peoples shall stream to it. 2 And many nations shall go and say “Come and let us go up to Jehovah’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, to have him instruct us in ways of his that we may go in his paths,” because from Sion instruction shall go out and Jehovah’s word from Jerusalem. 3 And he shall give judgment between many peoples and pronounce verdicts for numerous nations to a great distance, and they shall pound their swords into hoes and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not take up sword against nation, and they shall never again learn war. 4 And they shall sit each man under his grapevine or his fig-tree with no one to alarm them, for the mouth of Jehovah of Armies has promised it; 5 because all the peoples go every man in the name of his own god, but we go in the name of our God Jehovah forever and ever. 6 On that day, quoth Jehovah, I will bring in what was breaking down and bring together what was straying and what I had hurt, 7 and make what was breaking down into a remnant and what was ailing into a strong nation, and Jehovah shall be king over them on Mount Sion thenceforth forever. 8 And you, Migdal-ʽEder, castle hill of the daughter of Sion, to you shall come the first dominion, a kingdom for the daughter of Jerusalem. 9 * Now why are you raising a shout? have you no king in you, or is your counselor lost, that pangs like those of a woman in childbirth have seized you? 10 * Be in pangs and burst out, daughter of Sion, like a woman in childbirth, for now you are to go out of town and find quarters in the fields, and come to Babylon: there you shall be rescued, there Jehovah will bring you off out of your enemies’ hands. 11 And now many nations have come together against you, those that say “Let her be polluted and let us gloat over Sion,” 12 not knowing Jehovah’s ideas nor understanding his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to a threshing-floor; 13 stand up and thresh, daughter of Sion, for I will make your horns iron and your hoofs I will make bronze, and you shall batter many peoples to powder and devote the winnings from them to Jehovah and their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
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