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Prophets After the Exile

(Category 12 of 16)

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Israel Defended Against Enemies


1 The 1burden of the word of the LORD Against the land of Hadrach, And aDamascus its resting place (For bthe eyes of men And all the tribes of Israel Are on the LORD);
2 Also against aHamath, which borders on it, And against bTyre and cSidon, though they are very dwise.

3 For Tyre built herself a tower, Heaped up silver like the dust, And gold like the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, athe Lord will cast her out; He will destroy bher power in the sea, And she will be devoured by fire.

5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful; And aEkron, for He dried up her expectation. The king shall perish from Gaza, And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

6 “A1 mixed race shall settle ain Ashdod, And I will cut off the pride of the bPhilistines.
7 I will take away the blood from his mouth, And the abominations from between his teeth. But he who remains, even he shall be for our God, And shall be like a leader in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite.
8 aI will camp around My house Because of the army, Because of him who passes by and him who returns. No more shall an oppressor pass through them, For now I have seen with My eyes.

CHAPTER 9 References

1 aIs. 17:1; Jer.
23:33 bAmos
1:3–5 1oracle,
2 aJer. 49:23
bIs. 23; Jer.
25:22; 47:4;
Ezek. 26;
Amos 1:9, 10
c1 Kin. 17:9
dEzek. 28:3
4 aIs. 23:1
bEzek. 26:17
5 aZeph. 2:4, 5
6 aAmos 1:8;
Zeph. 2:4
25:15–17 1Lit.
An illegitimate
8 a[Ps. 34:7] 9 aZeph. 3:14,
15; Zech. 2:10
b[Ps. 110:1; Is.
9:6, 7; Jer.
23:5, 6]; Matt.
21:5; Mark
11:7, 9; Luke
19:38; John
10 aHos. 1:7;
Mic. 5:10 bPs.
46:9; Is. 2:4;
Hos. 2:18;
Mic. 4:3 cPs.
11 aIs. 42:7
12 aIs. 49:9;
Jer. 17:13;
Heb. 6:18–20
bIs. 61:7
14 aPs. 18:14;
Hab. 3:11 bIs.
15 aIs. 37:35;
Zech. 12:8
16 aJer. 31:10,
11 bIs. 62:3;
Mal. 3:17 cIs.
11:12 1Lit.
17 a[Ps. 31:19] b[Ps. 45:1–16] cJoel 3:18 1Or
His 2See preceding

The Coming King

9 “Rejoice agreatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, byour King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I awill cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The bbattle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be c‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’

God Will Save His People

11 “As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your aprisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold, aYou prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore bdouble to you.
13 For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

14 Then the LORD will be seen over them, And aHis arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And go bwith whirlwinds from the south.
15 The LORD of hosts will adefend them; They shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; They shall be filled with blood like 1basins, Like the corners of the altar.
16 The LORD their God will asave them in that day, As the flock of His people. For bthey shall be like the 1jewels of a crown, cLifted like a banner over His land—
17 For ahow great is 1its goodness And how great its bbeauty! cGrain shall make the young men thrive, And new wine the young women.

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Restoration of Judah and Israel


1 Ask athe LORD for brain In cthe time of the 1latter rain. The LORD will make 2flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.

2 For the aidols1 speak delusion; The diviners envision blies, And tell false dreams; They ccomfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like dsheep; They are 2in trouble ebecause there is no shepherd.

3 “My anger is kindled against the ashepherds, bAnd I will punish the 1goatherds. For the LORD of hosts cwill visit His flock, The house of Judah, And dwill make them as His royal horse in the battle.
4 From him comes athe cornerstone, From him bthe tent peg, From him the battle bow, From him every 1ruler together.
5 They shall be like mighty men, Who atread down their enemies In the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the LORD is with them, And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.

6 “I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. aI will bring them back, Because I bhave mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, And I cwill hear them.
7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their aheart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will awhistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; bAnd they shall increase as they once increased.

9 “Ia will 1sow them among the peoples, And they shall bremember Me in far countries; They shall live,

CHAPTER 10 References

1 a[Jer. 14:22] b[Deut. 11:13,
14] c[Joel
2:23] 1Spring
rain 2Or lightning
2 aJer. 10:8
bJer. 27:9;
[Ezek. 13] cJob 13:4 dJer.
50:6, 17
eEzek. 34:5–8;
Matt. 9:36;
Mark 6:34
3 aJer.
Ezek. 34:2;
Zech. 11:17
bEzek. 34:17
cLuke 1:68
dSong 1:9
4 aIs. 28:16 bIs.
22:23 1Or despot
5 aPs. 18:42
6 aJer. 3:18;
Ezek. 37:21
bHos. 1:7;
Zech. 1:16
cZech. 13:9
7 aPs. 104:15
8 aIs. 5:26 bIs.
49:19; Ezek.
36:37; Zech.
9 aHos. 2:23
bDeut. 30:1
1Or scatter
10 aIs. 11:11;
Hos. 11:11 bIs.
49:19, 20
11 aIs. 11:15
bIs. 14:25;
Zeph. 2:13
cEzek. 30:13
1The Nile
12 aMic. 4:5

CHAPTER 11 References

1 aZech. 10:10
2 aEzek. 31:3
bIs. 32:19
3 aJer.
25:34–36 1Or
5 a[Jer. 2:3];
50:7 bDeut.
29:19; Hos.
12:8; 1 Tim.
6:9 cEzek.
34:2, 3
6 1Lit. strike
7 aJer. 39:10;
Zeph. 3:12;
Matt. 11:5 1So
with MT, Tg.,
Vg.; LXX for
the Canaanites
2Or Grace
3Or Unity
8 aHos. 5:7 1Or
destroyed, lit.
cut off
9 aJer. 15:2


together with their children, And they shall return.
10 aI will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, And gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, bUntil no more room is found for them.
11 aHe shall pass through the sea with affliction, And strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of 1the River shall dry up. Then bthe pride of Assyria shall be brought down, And cthe scepter of Egypt shall depart.

12 “So I will strengthen them in the LORD, And athey shall walk up and down in His name,” Says the LORD.

Desolation of Israel


1 Open ayour doors, O Lebanon, That fire may devour your cedars.
2 Wail, O cypress, for the acedar has fallen, Because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O oaks of Bashan, bFor the thick forest has come down.
3 There is the sound of wailing ashepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the 1pride of the Jordan is in ruins.

Prophecy of the Shepherds

4 Thus says the LORD my God, “Feed the flock for slaughter,
5 “whose owners slaughter them and afeel no guilt; those who sell them bsay, ‘Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich’; and their shepherds do cnot pity them.
6 “For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land,” says the LORD. “But indeed I will give everyone into his neighbor’s hand and into the hand of his king. They shall 1attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand.”
7 So I fed the flock for slaughter, 1in particular athe poor of the flock. I took for myself two staffs: the one I called 2Beauty, and the other I called 3Bonds; and I fed the flock.
8 I 1dismissed the three shepherds ain one month. My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
9 Then I said, “I will not feed you. aLet what is dying die, and what is

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perishing perish. Let those that are left eat each other’s flesh.”
10 And I took my staff, 1Beauty, and cut it in two, that I might break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
11 So it was broken on that day. Thus athe1 poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
12 Then I said to them, “If it is 1agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they aweighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
13 And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the apotter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.
14 Then I cut in two my other staff, 1Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15 And the LORD said to me, a“Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd.
16 “For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in apieces.

17 “Woea to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”

The Coming Deliverance of Judah


1 The 1burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, awho stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and bforms the spirit of man within him:
2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem aa cup of 1drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
3 a“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem ba very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
4 “In that day,” says the LORD, a“I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
5 “And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the LORD of hosts, their God.’

10 1Or Grace
11 aZeph. 3:12
1So with MT,
Tg.,Vg.; LXX
the Canaanites
12 aEx. 21:32
1good in your
13 aMatt.
14 1Or Unity
15 aIs. 56:11
16 aEzek.
17 aJer. 23:1

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aIs. 42:5;
44:24 b[Is.
57:16] 1oracle,
2 aIs. 51:17
1Lit. reeling
3 aZech. 12:4,
6, 8; 13:1
bMatt. 21:44
4 aEzek. 38:4
6 aObad. 18
9 aHag. 2:22
10 a[Joel 2:28,
29] bJohn
19:34, 37;
20:27 cJer.
11 a[Rev. 1:7] b2 Kin. 23:29
1Heb. Megiddon
12 a[Matt.
24:30] bLuke

CHAPTER 13 References

1 a[Rev. 21:6,
7] b[Heb. 9:14] cEzek. 36:25
2 aEx. 23:13
bJer. 23:14, 15
3 aDeut. 18:20
4 a[Mic. 3:6, 7]

6 “In that day I will make the governors of Judah alike a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.
7 “The LORD will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.
8 “In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them.
9 “It shall be in that day that I will seek to adestroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 a“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will blook on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him cas one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
11 “In that day there shall be a great amourning in Jerusalem, blike the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of 1Megiddo.
12 a“And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of bNathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
13 “the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;
14 “all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Idolatry Cut Off


1 “In that aday ba fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for cuncleanness.
2 “It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will acut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause bthe prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land.
3 “It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, ‘You shall anot live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father and mother who begot him bshall thrust him through when he prophesies.
4 “And it shall be in that day that aevery prophet will be ashamed of

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his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear ba robe of coarse hair to deceive.
5 a“But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’
6 “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your 1arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

The Shepherd Savior

7 “Awake, O sword, against aMy Shepherd, Against the Man bwho is My Companion,” Says the LORD of hosts. c“Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against dthe little ones.
8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the LORD, “That atwo-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, bBut one-third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one-third athrough the fire, Will brefine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. cThey will call on My name, And I will answer them. dI will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’ ”

The Day of the LORD


1 Behold, athe day of the LORD is coming, And your 1spoil will be divided in your midst.
2 For aI will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses 1rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.
4 And in that day His feet will stand aon the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, bMaking a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

4 b2 Kin. 1:8
5 aAmos 7:14
6 1Or hands
7 aIs. 40:11
b[John 10:30] cMatt. 26:31,
56, 67 dLuke
8 aEzek. 5:2, 4,
12 b[Rom.
11:5] 9 aIs. 48:10
b1 Pet. 1:6 cPs.
50:15 dHos.

CHAPTER 14 References

1 a[Is. 13:6, 9] 1plunder or
2 aZech. 12:2,
3 1Or plundered
4 aEzek. 11:23
bJoel 3:12
5 aAmos 1:1
bMatt. 24:30,
31; 25:31 cJoel
3:11 1Or you;
LXX, Tg.,Vg.
6 1Lit. glorious
7 aMatt. 24:36
bIs. 30:26
8 aEzek.
47:1–12 1The
Dead Sea
2The Mediterranean
9 a[Rev. 11:15] bDeut. 6:4
10 aZech. 12:6
bJer. 31:38
1Lit. She
11 aJer. 31:40
bJer. 23:6
12 1Lit. decay
13 a1 Sam.
14:15, 20
bJudg. 7:22


5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the aearthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

bThus the LORD my God will come, And call the saints with 1You.

6 It shall come to pass in that day That there will be no light; The 1lights will diminish.
7 It shall be one day aWhich is known to the LORD— Neither day nor night. But at bevening time it shall happen That it will be light.

8 And in that day it shall be That living awaters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward 1the eastern sea And half of them toward 2the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.
9 And the LORD shall be aKing over all the earth. In that day it shall be— b“The LORD is one,” And His name one.

10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. 1Jerusalem shall be raised up and ainhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, band from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.

11 The people shall dwell in it; And ano longer shall there be utter destruction, bBut Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:

Their flesh shall 1dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
13 It shall come to pass in that day That aa great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, And raise bhis hand against his neighbor’s hand;

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14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. aAnd the wealth of all the surrounding nations Shall be gathered together: Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.

15 aSuch also shall be the plague On the horse and the mule, On the camel and the donkey, And on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So shall this plague be.

The Nations Worship the King

16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall ago up from year to year to bworship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep cthe Feast of Tabernacles.
17 aAnd it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not

14 aEzek.
39:10, 17
15 aZech.
16 a[Is. 2:2, 3;
66:18–21] bIs.
cLev. 23:34–44
17 aIs. 60:12
18 aIs. 19:21
bDeut. 11:10
19 1Lit. sin
20 aIs. 23:18
bEzek. 46:20
21 aIs. 35:8
2:19–22] 1Or
on every
pot . . . shall
be engraved

come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain.
18 If the family of aEgypt will not come up and enter in, bthey shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
19 This shall be the 1punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
20 In that day a“HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The bpots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
21 Yes, 1every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a aCanaanite bin the house of the LORD of hosts.

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A Calm Resolve to Wait for the Salvation of God

To the Chief Musician. To aJeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1 TRULY amy soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my 1defense; I shall not be greatly amoved.2

3 How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, aLike a leaning wall and a tottering fence.
4 They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They adelight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah

5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my 1expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be 1moved.

PSALM 62 References

title a1 Chr.
1 aPs. 33:20
2 aPs. 55:22
1strong tower
3 aIs. 30:13
4 aPs. 28:3
5 1hope
6 1shaken
7 a[Jer. 3:23] 8 a1 Sam. 1:15;
Ps. 42:4; Lam.
9 aJob 7:16;
Ps. 39:5; Is.
40:17 1vanity
10 aJob 31:25;
[Mark 10:24;
Luke 12:15;
1 Tim. 6:10] 12 a[Matt.
16:27]; Rom.
2:6; 1 Cor. 3:8

7 aIn God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; aPour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
9 aSurely men of low degree are 1a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor.
10 Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; aIf riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.
11 God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For aYou 1render to each one according to his work.




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