Jerusalem to Be Attacked

12 The pronouncement of the word of the Lord concerning Israel:

The Lord who (A)stretches out the heavens, (B)lays the foundation of the earth, and (C)forms the spirit of a person within him, declares: “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a (D)cup [a]that causes staggering to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against (E)Judah. It will come about on that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy (F)stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will (G)injure themselves severely. And all the (H)nations of the earth will be gathered against it. On that day,” declares the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion and its rider with insanity. But I will [b]watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the [c]clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are a [d]strong support for us through the Lord of armies, their God.’

“On that day I will make the [e]clans of Judah like a (I)firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while [f]the (J)inhabitants of Jerusalem again live on their own sites in Jerusalem. The Lord also will (K)save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of (L)David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be greater than Judah. On that day the Lord will (M)protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who [g](N)is feeble among them on that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like (O)God, like the (P)angel of the Lord before them. And on that day I will (Q)seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “And I will (R)pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem [h]the Spirit of grace and of pleading, so that they will look at Me whom they (S)pierced; and they will mourn for Him, like one (T)mourning for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 12:2 Lit of reeling
  2. Zechariah 12:4 Lit open My eyes
  3. Zechariah 12:5 Or chiefs
  4. Zechariah 12:5 Lit strength for me
  5. Zechariah 12:6 Or chiefs
  6. Zechariah 12:6 Lit Jerusalem...is again inhabited on its
  7. Zechariah 12:8 Lit stumbles
  8. Zechariah 12:10 Or a spirit

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Enemies

14 Behold, a (A)day is coming for the Lord when (B)the spoils taken from you will be divided among you. For I will (C)gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be taken, the (D)houses plundered, the women raped, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be eliminated from the city. Then the Lord will go forth and (E)fight against those nations, as [a]when He fights on a day of battle. On that day His feet will (F)stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be (G)split [b]in its middle from east to west forming a very large valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and the other half toward the south. And you will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled from the (H)earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. (I)Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with [c]Him!

On that day there will be (J)no light; the [d]luminaries will die out. For it will be (K)a unique day which is (L)known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at the (M)time of evening there will be light.

And on that day (N)living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

God Will Be King over All

And the Lord will be (O)King over all the earth; on that day the Lord will be the only (P)one, and His name the only one.

10 All the land will change into a plain from (Q)Geba to (R)Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but [e]Jerusalem will (S)rise and (T)remain on its site from (U)Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the (V)Corner Gate, and from the (W)Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 People will live in it, and there will (X)no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will (Y)live in security.

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 14:3 Lit a day of His fighting
  2. Zechariah 14:4 Lit from
  3. Zechariah 14:5 As in many mss and ancient versions; MT You
  4. Zechariah 14:6 Lit glorious ones will congeal
  5. Zechariah 14:10 Lit it

14 This (A)gospel of the kingdom (B)shall be preached in the whole [a](C)world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

15 “Therefore when you see the (D)abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in (E)the holy place—[b](F)let the [c]reader understand— 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 [d]Whoever is on (G)the [e]housetop must not go down to get things out of his house. 18 And [f]whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But (H)woe to those women who are pregnant, and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 Moreover, pray that [g]when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a (I)great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no [h]life would have been saved; but for (J)the sake of the [i]elect those days will be cut short. 23 (K)Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [j]Christ,’ or ‘He is over here,’ do not believe him. 24 For false christs and (L)false prophets will arise and will provide great [k](M)signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even (N)the [l]elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 (O)For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the (P)coming of the (Q)Son of Man [m]be. 28 (R)Wherever the corpse is, there the [n]vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the (S)tribulation of those days (T)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and (U)the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then (V)the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see (W)the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And (X)He will send forth His angels with (Y)a great trumpet blast, and they will gather together His [o](Z)elect from (AA)the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 24:14 Lit inhabited earth
  2. Matthew 24:15 Or the reader is to understand
  3. Matthew 24:15 I.e., the reader of Daniel
  4. Matthew 24:17 Lit The one who
  5. Matthew 24:17 Housetops were flat living areas
  6. Matthew 24:18 Lit the one who
  7. Matthew 24:20 Lit your flight will not be
  8. Matthew 24:22 Lit flesh
  9. Matthew 24:22 Or chosen ones
  10. Matthew 24:23 I.e., Messiah
  11. Matthew 24:24 I.e., confirming miracles
  12. Matthew 24:24 Or chosen ones
  13. Matthew 24:27 I.e., be visible everywhere
  14. Matthew 24:28 Or eagles
  15. Matthew 24:31 Or chosen ones