1Ask Yahweh for rain in the time of the spring rain, Yahweh who makes storm clouds, and he will give rain showers to everyone for the plants in the field.
2For the teraphima have spoken wickedness and the diviners have seen a lie; and they have told false dreams. They comfort in vain. Therefore they go their way like sheep. They are afflicted because there is no shepherd.
3“My anger is kindled against the shepherds, and I will punish the he-goats, for Yahweh of Armies has visited his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them as his majestic horse in the battle.
4From him will come forth the cornerstone, from him the peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler together.
5They will be as mighty men, treading down muddy streets in the battle, and they will fight, because Yahweh is with them; and they will put to shame the riders on horses.
6“I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them back, for I have mercy on them, and they will be as though I had not cast them off, for I am Yahweh their God and I will hear them.
7Ephraim will be like a mighty man, and their heart will rejoice as through wine; yes, their children will see it and rejoice. Their heart will be glad in Yahweh.
8I will signal for them and gather them, for I have redeemed them, and they will increase as they have increased.
9I will sow them among the peoples, and they will remember me in far countries; and they will live with their children, and will return.
10I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt and gather them out of Assyria, and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, and there won’t be room enough for them.
11He will pass through the sea of affliction and will strike the waves in the sea, and all the depths of the Nile will dry up; and the pride of Assyria will be brought down and the scepter of Egypt will depart.
12I will strengthen them in Yahweh, and they will walk up and down in his name,” says Yahweh.