- A. Yahweh's Triumphant March Through Palestine (9:1–8)
- B. The Arrival of Zion's King (9:9–10)
- C. The Deliverance of Zion's People (9:11–10:1)
- D. Warning to Leaders and Encouragement for People (10:2–4)
- C1. Israel's Victory and Deliverance (10:5–11:3)
- B1. The Fate of the Shepherd-King (11:4–17)
The many differences between the two sections of the book have already been discussed (see the introduction). One of the important distinctions to keep in mind is that the promises and predictions of chs. 1-8 have a sense of immediacy about them. The prophet was anchored in the events of his day, namely the reconstruction of the temple. But chs. 9-14 have a pronounced eschatological tone and contain stronger messianic themes.