It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. 1 For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem 2 there will be those who survive, 3 just as the Lord has promised; the remnant 4 will be those whom the Lord will call. 5
Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate 1 and victorious, 2 humble and riding on a donkey 3 – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey.
No resident of Zion 1 will say, “I am ill”; the people who live there will have their sin forgiven.
Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion 1 and over its convocations a cloud and smoke by day and a bright flame of fire by night; 2 indeed a canopy will accompany the Lord’s glorious presence. 3
So 1 here is what the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, says: “My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of Assyria, even though they beat you with a club and lift their cudgel against you as Egypt did. 2
Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the Lord, says: “Look, I am laying 1 a stone in Zion, an approved 2 stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. 3 The one who maintains his faith will not panic. 4
They will surrender their stronghold 1 because of fear; 2 their officers will be afraid of the Lord’s battle flag.” 3 This is what the Lord says – the one whose fire is in Zion, whose firepot is in Jerusalem. 4
Certainly the Lord will console Zion; he will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to 1 her, thanksgiving and the sound of music.
“Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the Lord, “for I am your true master. 1 If you do, 2 I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion.
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle to attack you, Daughter Zion.’” 1
I hear my dear people 1 crying out 2 throughout the length and breadth of the land. 3 They are crying, ‘Is the Lord no longer in Zion? Is her divine King 4 no longer there?’” The Lord answers, 5 “Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” 6