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.