1 Now you will gather yourself in troops,
daughter of troops.
He has laid siege against us.
They will strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek with a rod.
2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
being small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come forth one to me
who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose comings forth are from of old,
from ancient times.
3 Therefore he will abandon them until the time
that she who is in labor gives birth.
Then the rest of his brothers will return
to the children of Israel.
4 And he will stand and will shepherd
in the strength of Yahweh,
in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God;
and they will live,
for then he will be great
to the ends of the earth.
5 He will be our peace
when Assyria invades our land,
and when he marches through our fortresses,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight leaders of men.
6 They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod with a drawn sword.
He will deliver us from the Assyrian,
when he invades our land
and when he marches inside our border.
7 The remnant of Jacob
will be in the midst of many peoples,
like dew from Yahweh,
like showers on the grass,
that do not wait for man
nor wait for the sons of men.
8 The remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the animals of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
who, if he goes through, treads down and tears in pieces,
and there is no one to deliver.
9 Let your hand be lifted up above your adversaries,
and let all of your enemies be cut off.
10 It will happen in that day,
that I will cut off your horses out of the midst of you,
and will destroy your chariots.
11 I will cut off the cities of your land,
and will tear down all your strongholds.
12 I will destroy witchcraft from your hand,
and you will have no soothsayers.
13 I will cut off your carved images
and your standing-stones from your midst,
and you will no more worship
the work of your hands.
14 I will uproot your Asherah poles out of your midst,
and I will destroy your cities.
15 I will execute vengeance in anger,
and wrath on the nations that did not listen.