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5 “At this time you make cuttings upon yourself,+ O daughter of an invasion; a siege he has laid against us.+ With the rod they will strike upon the cheek the judge of Israel.*+ 2 “And you, O Bethʹle·hem* Ephʹra·thah,+ the one too little to get to be among the thousands of Judah,+ from you*+ there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel,+ whose origin* is from early times, from the days of time indefinite.+ 3 “Therefore he will give them up+ until the time that she who is giving birth actually gives birth.+ And the rest of his brothers will return to the sons of Israel. 4 “And he will certainly stand and do shepherding in the strength of Jehovah,*+ in the superiority of the name of Jehovah* his God.+ And they will certainly keep dwelling,+ for now he will be great as far as the ends* of the earth.+ 5 And this one must become peace.+ As for the As·syrʹi·an, when he comes into our land and when he treads upon our dwelling towers,*+ we shall also have to raise up against him seven shepherds, yes, eight dukes of mankind.* 6 And they will actually shepherd the land of As·syrʹi·a with the sword,+ and the land of Nimʹrod+ in its entrances. And he will certainly bring about deliverance from the As·syrʹi·an,+ when he comes into our land and when he treads upon our territory. 7 “And the remaining ones* of Jacob+ must become in the midst of many peoples like dew from Jehovah,+ like copious showers upon vegetation,+ that does not hope for man* or wait for the sons of earthling man.*+ 8 And the remaining ones of Jacob must become among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of a forest, like a maned young lion among droves of sheep, which, when it actually passes through, certainly both tramples down and tears in pieces;+ and there is no deliverer. 9 Your* hand will be high above your adversaries,+ and all enemies of yours will be cut off.”+ 10 “And it must occur in that day,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “that I will cut off your horses from the midst of you and destroy your chariots.+ 11 And I will cut off the cities of your land and tear down all your fortified places.+ 12 And I will cut off sorceries out of your hand, and no practicers of magic will you continue to have.+ 13 And I will cut off your graven images and your pillars from the midst of you, and you will no more bow down to the work of your hands.+ 14 And I will uproot your sacred poles*+ from the midst of you and annihilate your cities. 15 And in anger and in rage I will execute vengeance upon the nations that have not obeyed.”+
^ MLXXSy end chap. 4 here; TLXXBagsterVg begin chap. 5 with this vs.
^ Meaning “House of Bread.” Heb., Behth-leʹchem.
^ “You,” masc. sing.
^ “Origin,” according to BDB, p. 426 and KB, p. 505.
^ See App 1C §2.
^ See App 1C §2.
^ Possibly, “our soil (ground),” in agreement with LXXSy.
^ Or, “of earthling men.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Or, “the remainder; the remnant.”
^ “For man.” Heb., leʼishʹ.
^ Or, “mankind.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ “Your,” masc. sing.
^ Or, “Asherim.”