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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 5

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1And you, O Bethlehem of Ephrath, b The clan to which the Bethlehemites belonged; see 1 Sam. 17.12; Ruth 1.2; 4.11. Least among the clans of Judah From you one shall come forth To rule Israel for Me— One whose origin is from of old, From ancient times. 2 a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Truly, He will leave them [helpless] Until she who is to bear has borne; c I.e., a ruler, shepherd (v. 3 ), to deliver Israel from the Assyrians (vv. 4–5 ). Then the rest of his countrymen Shall return to the children of Israel. ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 3He shall stand and shepherd By the might of the LORD, By the power of the name Of the LORD his God, And they shall dwell [secure]. For lo, he shall wax great To the ends of the earth; 4And that shall afford safety. Should Assyria invade our land And tread upon our fortresses, d Septuagint and Syriac read “soil”; cf. v. 5. We will set up over it e I.e., Assyria. seven shepherds, Eight princes of men, 5Who will shepherd Assyria's land with swords, The land of Nimrod f‐ Emendation yields “with drawn blades”; cf. Ps. 37.14; 55.22 . in its gates. ‐f Emendation yields “with drawn blades”; cf. Ps. 37.14; 55.22 . Thus he will deliver [us] From Assyria, should it invade our land, And should it trample our country. 6The remnant of Jacob shall be, In the midst of the many peoples, Like dew from the LORD, Like droplets on grass— Which do not look to any man Nor place their hope in mortals. 7The remnant of Jacob Shall be among the nations, In the midst of the many peoples, Like a lion among beasts of the wild, Like a fierce lion among flocks of sheep, Which tramples wherever it goes And rends, with none to deliver. 8Your hand shall prevail over your foes, And all your enemies shall be cut down! 9In that day

—declares the LORD—

I will destroy the horses in your midst And wreck your chariots. 10I will destroy the cities of your land And demolish all your fortresses. 11I will destroy the sorcery you practice, And you shall have no more soothsayers. 12I will destroy your idols And the sacred pillars in your midst; And no more shall you bow down To the work of your hands. 13I will tear down the sacred posts in your midst And destroy your cities. a Emendation yields “idols.” 14In anger and wrath Will I wreak retribution On the nations b Emendation yields “arrogant.” that have not obeyed.

Notes:

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b The clan to which the Bethlehemites belonged; see 1 Sam. 17.12; Ruth 1.2; 4.11.

c I.e., a ruler, shepherd (v. 3 ), to deliver Israel from the Assyrians (vv. 4–5 ).

d Septuagint and Syriac read “soil”; cf. v. 5.

e I.e., Assyria.

f‐f Emendation yields “with drawn blades”; cf. Ps. 37.14; 55.22 .

a Emendation yields “idols.”

b Emendation yields “arrogant.”

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