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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 9

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Invasion by the Lord * An oracle:

The word of the LORD is upon the land of Hadrach, and Damascus is its resting place, For the cities of Aram are the LORD's as are all the tribes of Israel, 2Hamath also, on its border, Tyre, too, and Sidon, however wise they be. e Jer 49, 23 . 3Tyre built herself a stronghold, and heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the mire of the streets. 4Lo, the LORD will strip her of her possessions, and smite her power on the sea, and she shall be devoured by fire. f Is 23, 1–18; Ez 26, 1–28, 26 . 5Ashkelon shall see it and be afraid; Gaza also: she shall be in great anguish; Ekron, too, for her hope shall come to nought. The king shall disappear from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited, 6and the baseborn * shall occupy Ashdod. I will destroy the pride of the Philistine g Am 1, 8 . 7and take from his mouth his bloody meat, and his abominations from between his teeth: He also shall become a remnant for our God, and shall be like a family in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites. 8I will encamp by my house*as a guard that none may pass to and fro; No oppressor shall pass over them again, for now I have regard for their affliction.

Restoration under the Messiah

9Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, h Is 62, 11; Jer 23, 5; Mt 21, 5; Jn 12, 15 . shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, Meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.* 10He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; The warrior's bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River* to the ends of the earth. i Hos 1, 7 . 11As for you, for the blood of your covenant with me,* I will bring forth your prisoners from the dungeon. j Is 42, 7; Ez 24, 8 . 12In the return to the fortress of the waiting prisoners,* This very day, I will return you double for your exile. k Is 61, 7 . 13For I will bend Judah as my bow, I will arm myself with Ephraim; I will arouse your sons, O Zion, [against your sons, O Yavan,] and I will use you as a warrior's sword. 14The LORD shall appear over them, and his arrow shall shoot forth as lightning; The LORD God shall sound the trumpet, and come in a storm from the south. 15The LORD of hosts shall be a shield over them, they shall overcome sling stones and trample them underfoot; They shall drink blood like wine, till they are filled with it like libation bowls, like the corners of the altar. 16And the LORD, their God, shall save them on that day, his people, like a flock. For they are the jewels in a crown raised aloft over his land. l Is 62, 3 . 17For what wealth is theirs, and what beauty! grain that makes the youths flourish, and new wine, the maidens!

Notes:

e: Jer 49, 23 .

f: Is 23, 1–18; Ez 26, 1–28, 26 .

g: Am 1, 8 .

h: Is 62, 11; Jer 23, 5; Mt 21, 5; Jn 12, 15 .

i: Hos 1, 7 .

j: Is 42, 7; Ez 24, 8 .

k: Is 61, 7 .

l: Is 62, 3 .

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