Judgments on the nations surrounding Israel. The arrival of the Prince of Peace. The Messiah will establish peace. The Messiah will deliver Israel.
VERSE 1. A revelation. The LORD’s word is against the land of Hadrach, and will rest upon Damascus — for the eye of man and of all the tribes of Israel is toward the LORD—
VERSE 2. and Hamath, also, which borders on it, Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise.
VERSE 3. Tyre built herself a stronghold, and heaped up silver like the dust, and fine gold like the mire of the streets.
VERSE 4. Behold, the Lord will dispossess her, and he will strike her power in the sea; and she will be devoured with fire.
VERSE 5. Ashkelon will see it, and fear; Gaza also, and will writhe in agony; as will Ekron, for her expectation will be disappointed; and the king will perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon will not be inhabited.
VERSE 6. Foreigners will dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
VERSE 7. I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also will be a remnant for our God; and he will be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
VERSE 8. I will encamp around my house against the army, that no one pass through or return; and no oppressor will pass through them any more: for now I have seen with my eyes.
Our paraphrase. I will surround my Temple and protect it from attacks. Never again will anyone oppress my people. I’m watching!
I will surround my Temple and protect it. The LORD God will defend his house. He will be a guard that protects it.
Never again will anyone oppress my people. The people of the LORD God will be safe from all would-be oppressors.
I’m watching! The LORD God is keeping watch.
VERSE 9. Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
NAB translation. Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, 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.
This prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus, when he rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey!
VERSE 10. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem. The battle bow will be cut off; and he will speak peace to the nations. His dominion will be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
he will speak peace to the nations. The King of kings will bring peace to the world.
His dominion will be from sea to sea. The realm of the King of kings will stretch from east to west.
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VERSE 11. As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.
NAB translation. I will bring forth your prisoners from the dungeon, in the return to the fortress of the waiting prisoners.
This prophecy is fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. After his earthly death, he descended among the dead!
That is referred to as the “Harrowing of Hell.”
Between the time of his Crucifixion and his Resurrection when he brought salvation to all of the righteous who had died since the beginning of the world. After his death, the soul of Jesus descended into the realm of the dead.
The Harrowing of Hell is not in mentioned the Bible. But it is mentioned in the Apostles’ Creed (390 AD) and the Athanasian Creed (circa 296-373).
VERSE 12. Turn to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope! Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
Our paraphrase. Come home, hope-filled prisoners! This very day I declare that I will restore double to you.
Come home, hope-filled prisoners! Their restoration begins with their return home to Jerusalem.
That is symbolic of restoring their relationship with the One God. He is their place of safety. Jerusalem is their stronghold.
I will restore double to you. Previously, they had experienced great trouble from the hands of others. But now the LORD God is turning things around for them.
Compared to all the trouble they experienced, they will receive twice as much good. The LORD God will return double for what was taken from them.
That’s what happened in the case of Job.
Job 42:10. The LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. The LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
VERSE 13. For indeed I bend Judah as a bow for me. I have loaded the bow with Ephraim. I will stir up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and will make you like the sword of a mighty man.
VERSE 14. The LORD will be seen over them. His arrow will flash like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the shofar, and will go with whirlwinds of the south.
VERSE 15. The LORD of Hosts will defend them. They will destroy and overcome with sling stones. They will drink, and roar as through wine. They will be filled like bowls, like the corners of the altar.
The LORD of Hosts will defend them. The NAB translation puts it this way:
The LORD of hosts shall be a shield over them.
Isn’t this great? The LORD God shields us.
VERSE 16. The LORD their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people; for they are like the jewels of a crown, lifted on high over his land.
NAB translation. 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.
they are the jewels in a crown. The people of the LORD God are jewels in a crown.
Can you see yourself that way?
VERSE 17. For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
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