New Living Translation

Zechariah 10

The Lord Will Restore His People

1Ask the Lord for rain in the spring,
    for he makes the storm clouds.
And he will send showers of rain
    so every field becomes a lush pasture.
Household gods give worthless advice,
    fortune-tellers predict only lies,
and interpreters of dreams pronounce
    falsehoods that give no comfort.
So my people are wandering like lost sheep;
    they are attacked because they have no shepherd.

“My anger burns against your shepherds,
    and I will punish these leaders.[a]
For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has arrived
    to look after Judah, his flock.
He will make them strong and glorious,
    like a proud warhorse in battle.
From Judah will come the cornerstone,
    the tent peg,
the bow for battle,
    and all the rulers.
They will be like mighty warriors in battle,
    trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet.
Since the Lord is with them as they fight,
    they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen.

“I will strengthen Judah and save Israel[b];
    I will restore them because of my compassion.
It will be as though I had never rejected them,
    for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries.
The people of Israel[c] will become like mighty warriors,
    and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine.
Their children, too, will see it and be glad;
    their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
When I whistle to them, they will come running,
    for I have redeemed them.
From the few who are left,
    they will grow as numerous as they were before.
Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations,
    they will still remember me in distant lands.
They and their children will survive
    and return again to Israel.
10 I will bring them back from Egypt
    and gather them from Assyria.
I will resettle them in Gilead and Lebanon
    until there is no more room for them all.
11 They will pass safely through the sea of distress,[d]
    for the waves of the sea will be held back,
    and the waters of the Nile will dry up.
The pride of Assyria will be crushed,
    and the rule of Egypt will end.
12 By my power[e] I will make my people strong,
    and by my authority they will go wherever they wish.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Notas al pie

  1. 10:3 Or these male goats.
  2. 10:6 Hebrew save the house of Joseph.
  3. 10:7 Hebrew of Ephraim.
  4. 10:11 Or the sea of Egypt, referring to the Red Sea.
  5. 10:12 Hebrew In the Lord.

New International Reader's Version

Zechariah 10

The Lord Will Take Care of Judah

1People of Judah, ask the Lord
    to send rain in the spring.
    He is the one who sends the thunderstorms.
He sends down showers of rain on all people.
    He gives everyone the plants in the fields.
Other gods tell lies.
    Those who practice magic
    see visions that aren’t true.
They tell dreams that fool people.
    They give comfort that doesn’t do any good.
So the people wander around like sheep.
    They are crushed because they don’t have a shepherd.

The Lord who rules over all says,

“I am very angry with the shepherds.
    I will punish the leaders.
The Lord will take care of his flock.
    They are the people of Judah.
    He will make them like a proud horse in battle.
The most important building stone
    will come from the tribe of Judah.
    The tent stake will also come from it.
And the bow that is used in battle will come from it.
    In fact, every ruler will come from it.
Together they will be like warriors in battle.
    They will stomp their enemies
    into the mud of the streets.
The Lord will be with them.
    So they will fight against the horsemen
    and put them to shame.

“I will make the family of Judah strong.
    I will save the tribes of Joseph.
I will bring them back
    because I have tender love for them.
It will be as if
    I had not sent them away.
I am the Lord their God.
    I will help them.
The people of Ephraim will become like warriors.
    Their hearts will be glad
    as if they were drinking wine.
Their children will see it
    and be filled with joy.
    I will make their hearts glad.
I will signal for my people to come,
    and I will gather them in.
I will set them free.
    There will be as many of them as before.
I have scattered them among the nations.
    But in lands far away they will remember me.
They and their children will be kept alive.
    And they will return.
10 I will bring them back from Egypt.
    I will gather them from Assyria.
I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon.
    There will not be enough room for them.
11 They will pass through a sea of trouble.
    The stormy sea will calm down.
    All the deep places in the Nile River will dry up.
Assyria’s pride will be brought down.
    Egypt’s right to rule will disappear.
12 I will make my people strong.
    They will live in safety because of me,”
    announces the Lord.