A warlike seeming chapter with a striking prophesy about the Messiah coming from Bethlehem in the centre. Finding it hard to follow from a basic level whether it’s the Assyrians laying waste the judeans or the other way around. I think the latter, so it’s like their come back after exile, but of course the Messiah is the ultimate come back.
It just awesome that this was written 100s of years before Christ was born. I’m sure atheists have multiple ways of explaining it, but having accepted the existence of God, this knocks me out. It’s totally consistent with the theme of god’s interaction with humankind that the humble thing.. Bethlehem.. is the source of victory.