1 Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the a rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the a have seen a lie, and have told false b; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no c.
3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
4 Out of him came forth a, out of him the b, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
5 ¶And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will a them.
7 And they of a shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.
8 I will hiss for them, and a them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
9 And I will a them among the people: and they shall b me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.
10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of a; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them.
11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of a shall be brought down, and the b of c shall depart away.
12 And I will a them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in his b, saith the Lord.