The Coming of the True King
9:1 An oracle of the word of the Lord concerning the land of Hadrach, 1 with its focus on Damascus: 2
The eyes of all humanity, 3 especially of the tribes of Israel, are toward the Lord, 9:2 as are those of Hamath also, which adjoins Damascus, and Tyre 4 and Sidon, 5 though they consider themselves to be very wise. 9:3 Tyre built herself a fortification and piled up silver like dust and gold like the mud of the streets! 9:4 Nevertheless the Lord will evict her and shove her fortifications 6 into the sea – she will be consumed by fire. 9:5 Ashkelon will see and be afraid; Gaza will be in great anguish, as will Ekron, for her hope will have been dried up. 7 Gaza will lose her king, and Ashkelon will no longer be inhabited. 9:6 A mongrel people will live in Ashdod, for I will greatly humiliate the Philistines. 9:7 I will take away their abominable religious practices; 8 then those who survive will become a community of believers in our God, 9 like a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites. 9:8 Then I will surround my temple 10 to protect it like a guard 11 from anyone crossing back and forth; so no one will cross over against them anymore as an oppressor, for now I myself have seen it.
9:9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion!
Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!
Look! Your king is coming to you:
he is legitimate 12 and victorious, 13
humble and riding on a donkey 14 –
on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey.
9:10 I will remove 15 the chariot from Ephraim
and the warhorse from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be removed.
Then he will announce peace to the nations.
His dominion will be from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates River 16 to the ends of the earth.