q But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of r Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be s ruler in Israel,
t whose coming forth is u from of old,
from ancient days.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
"'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"
Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?
For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Isaiah 9:6 - 7
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Their prince shall be one of themselves; their ruler shall come out from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? declares the Lord.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord ; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Proverbs 8:22 - 23
The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.