December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Seven women will take hold of one man on that day, saying: "We will eat our own food and wear our own clothing; Only let your name be given us, put an end to our disgrace!"
- 2 On that day, The branch of the LORD will be luster and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel.
- 3 He who remains in Zion and he that is left in Jerusalem Will be called holy: every one marked down for life in Jerusalem.
- When the Lord washes away the filth of the daughters of Zion, And purges Jerusalem's blood from her midst with a blast of searing judgment,
- Then will the LORD create, over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her place of assembly, A smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night.
- For over all, his glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.
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1  Seven women . . . one man: the disproportion of the sexes due to war leaves the female population almost without male partners. The women are eager to marry, not for support, but to avoid the disgrace of being childless.
2  Branch of the LORD: divine blessings in general, which later culminated in the Messiah; cf Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12.
3  Marked down for life: in God's list of his elect; cf Exodus 32:32.
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