1In that day so few men will be left that seven women will fight for each man, saying, “Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us take your name so we won’t be mocked as old maids.”
A Promise of Restoration
2But in that day, the branch*4:2 Or the Branch. of the Lord
will be beautiful and glorious;
the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory
of all who survive in Israel.
3All who remain in Zion
will be a holy people—
those who survive the destruction of Jerusalem
and are recorded among the living.
4The Lord will wash the filth from beautiful Zion*4:4 Or from the women of Zion; Hebrew reads from the daughters of Zion.
and cleanse Jerusalem of its bloodstains
with the hot breath of fiery judgment.
5Then the Lord will provide shade for Mount Zion
and all who assemble there.
He will provide a canopy of cloud during the day
and smoke and flaming fire at night,
covering the glorious land.
6It will be a shelter from daytime heat
and a hiding place from storms and rain.