The Mountain of the Lord

It shall come to pass oin the latter days

that the mountain of the house of the Lord

shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

and it shall be lifted up above the hills;

and peoples shall flow to it,

  and many nations shall come, and say:

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob,

that he may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth the law,1

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

  He shall judge between many peoples,

and shall decide for strong nations far away;

and they shall pbeat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war anymore;

  qbut they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,

rand no one shall make them afraid,

sfor the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

  For tall the peoples walk

each in the name of its god,

but uwe will walk in the name of the Lord our God

forever and ever.

 The Lord Shall Rescue Zion

vIn that day, declares the Lord,

wI will assemble the xlame

and gather those who have been driven away

and those whom I have afflicted;

  and the lame I will make ythe remnant,

and those who were cast off, a strong nation;

and zthe Lord will reign over them ain Mount Zion

from this time forth and forevermore.

  And you, O tower of the flock,

hill of the daughter of Zion,

to you shall it come,

the former dominion shall come,

kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.

  Now why do you cry aloud?

bIs there no king in you?

cHas your counselor perished,

that dpain seized you like a woman in labor?

  10  eWrithe and groan,2 O daughter of Zion,

like a woman in labor,

for fnow you shall go out from the city

and dwell in the open country;

you gshall go to Babylon.

There you shall be rescued;

hthere the Lord will redeem you

from the hand of your enemies.

  11  Now imany nations

are assembled against you,

saying, “Let her be defiled,

and jlet our eyes gaze upon Zion.”

  12  But kthey do not know

the thoughts of the Lord;

they do not understand his plan,

that lhe has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.

  13  Arise and thresh,

O daughter of Zion,

for I will make your horn iron,

and I will make your hoofs bronze;

you shall beat in pieces many peoples;

and mshall devote3 ntheir gain to the Lord,

their wealth to othe Lord of the whole earth.

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