A. 5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
B . 6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
B’. 7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
A’. and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
A. 8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion,
B. unto thee shall it come,
C. even the first dominion;
B’. the kingdom shall come to
A’. the daughter of Jerusalem.
A. 9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished?
B. for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.
B’. 10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail:
A’. for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
A. 11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
B. 12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
B’. 13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass:
A’. and thou shalt beat in pieces many people:
A. and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
B. 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
C. 2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
B’. 3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
A’. 4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.