1 They asked of Jehovah rain in a time of latter rain, Jehovah is making lightnings, And rain 'in' showers He doth give to them. To each -- the herb in the field.
2 Because the teraphim did speak iniquity, And the diviners have seen a falsehood, And dreams of the vanity they speak, 'With' vanity they give comfort, Therefore they have journeyed as a flock, They are afflicted, for there is no shepherd.
3 Against the shepherds did Mine anger burn, And against the he-goats I lay a charge, For inspected hath Jehovah of Hosts His flock, the house of Judah, And set them as His beauteous horse in battle.
4 From him 'is' a corner-stone, From him a nail, from him a battle-bow, From him goeth forth every exactor together.
5 And they have been as heroes, Treading in mire of out-places in battle, And they have fought, for Jehovah 'is' with them, And have put to shame riders of horses.
6 And I have made mighty the house of Judah, And the house of Joseph I do save, And I have caused them to dwell, for I have loved them, And they have been as 'if' I had not cast them off, For I 'am' Jehovah their God, And I answer them.
7 And Ephraim hath been as a hero, And rejoiced hath their heart as wine, And their sons see, and they have rejoiced, Rejoice doth their heart in Jehovah.
8 I hist for them, and I gather them, For I have redeemed them, And they have multiplied as they did multiply.
9 And I sow them among peoples, And in far-off places they remember Me, And they have lived with their sons, And they have turned back.
10 And I have brought them back from the land of Egypt, And from Asshur I do gather them, And unto the land of Gilead and Lebanon I do bring them in, And there is not found for them 'space'.
11 And He hath passed over through the sea, And hath pressed and smitten billows in the sea, And dried up have been all depths of a flood, And brought down hath been the excellency of Asshur, And the rod of Egypt doth turn aside.
12 And I have made them mighty in Jehovah, And in His name they walk up and down, An affirmation of Jehovah!
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