1 Now shall you gather yourself in troops, daughter of troops: he has laid siege against us; they shall strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.
2 But you, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which are little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of you shall one come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she who travails has brought forth: then the residue of his brothers shall return to the children of Israel.
4 He shall stand, and shall feed [his flock] in the strength of Yahweh, in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God: and they shall abide; for now shall he be great to the ends of the earth.
5 This [man] shall be [our] peace. When the Assyrian shall come into our land, and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 They shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances of it: and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land, and when he treads within our border.
7 The remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as dew from Yahweh, as showers on the grass, that don`t wait for man, nor wait for the sons of men.
8 The remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, as a lion among the animals of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep; who, if he go through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
9 Let your hand be lifted up above your adversaries, and let all your enemies be cut off.
10 It shall happen in that day, says Yahweh, that I will cut off your horses out of the midst of you, and will destroy your chariots:
11 and I will cut off the cities of your land, and will throw down all your strongholds.
12 I will cut off witchcraft out of your hand; and you shall have no [more] soothsayers:
13 and I will cut off your engraved images and your pillars out of the midst of you; and you shall no more worship the work of your hands;
14 and I will pluck up your Asherim out of the midst of you; and I will destroy your cities.
15 I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations which didn`t listen.