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10 “Make YOUR requests of Jehovah for rain+ in the time of the spring rain,+ even of Jehovah who is making the storm clouds,+ and [who] gives a downpour of rain to them,+ to each one vegetation in the field.+ 2 For the teraphim+ themselves have spoken what is uncanny;* and the practicers of divination, for their part, have visioned falsehood,+ and valueless dreams are what they keep speaking, and in vain they try to comfort.+ That is why they will certainly depart like a flock;+ they will become afflicted, because there is no shepherd.+ 3 “Against the shepherds my anger has grown hot,+ and against the goatlike leaders+ I shall hold an accounting;+ for Jehovah of armies has turned his attention to his drove,+ the house of Judah, and has made them like his horse+ of dignity in the battle. 4 Out of him is the keyman,*+ out of him is the supporting ruler,*+ out of him is the battle bow;+ out of him goes forth every taskmaster,+ all together. 5 And they must become like mighty men+ stamping down in the mire of [the] streets in the battle.+ And they must get engaged in battle, for Jehovah is with them;+ and the riders of horses will have to experience shame.+ 6 And I will make the house of Judah superior, and the house of Joseph I shall save.+ And I will give them a dwelling,* for I will show them mercy;+ and they must become like those whom I had not cast off;+ for I am Jehovah their God,* and I shall answer them.+ 7 And those of Eʹphra·im must become just like a mighty man,+ and their heart must rejoice as though from wine.+ And their own sons will see and certainly rejoice;+ their heart will be joyful in Jehovah.+ 8 “‘I will whistle+ for them and collect them together; for I shall certainly redeem+ them, and they must become many, just like those who have become many.+ 9 And I shall scatter them like seed among the peoples,+ and in the distant places they will remember me;+ and they must revive with their sons and return.+ 10 And I must bring them back from the land of Egypt;+ and from As·syrʹi·a I shall collect them together;+ and to the land of Gilʹe·ad+ and Lebʹa·non I shall bring them, and no [room] will be found for them.+ 11 And he must pass through the sea [with] distress;+ and in the sea he must strike down [the] waves,+ and all the depths* of the Nile must dry up.+ And the pride of As·syrʹi·a must be brought down,+ and the very scepter+ of Egypt will depart.+ 12 And I will make them superior in Jehovah,+ and in his name they will walk about,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.”
^ Or, “hurtful.”
^ Lit., “the corner tower,” pictorial of a vital or important man; chief.
^ Lit., “the peg,” pictorial of one who is a support; a ruler.
^ Possibly, “I will cause them to return.”
^ “Their God.” Heb., ʼElo·heh·hemʹ.
^ “Depths.” Heb., metsu·lohthʹ; Gr., baʹthe; Lat., pro·funʹda.