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[a]Mobilize! Marshal your troops!
    The enemy is laying siege to Jerusalem.
They will strike Israel’s leader
    in the face with a rod.

A Ruler from Bethlehem

[b]But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel,
    whose origins are in the distant past,
    will come from you on my behalf.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:1 Verse 5:1 is numbered 4:14 in Hebrew text.
  2. 5:2 Verses 5:2-15 are numbered 5:1-14 in Hebrew text.

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