Promised Ruler From Bethlehem
5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of
troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the
judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little
among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come
forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings
forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she
which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his
brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the
LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and
they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of
5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian
shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our
palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds,
and eight principal men.
5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the
sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus
shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into
our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many
people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the
grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons
5:8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in
the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the
forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if
he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces,
and none can deliver.
5:9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries,
and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD,
that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and
I will destroy thy chariots:
5:11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw
down all thy strong holds:
5:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and
thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
5:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy
standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no
more worship the work of thine hands.
5:14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of
thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon
the heathen, such as they have not heard.