Jerusalem to Be Attacked

12 The [a]burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel.

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

“In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a (I)firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the (J)inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell 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 magnified above Judah. In that day the Lord will (M)defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who [f](N)is feeble among them in 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 in that day I will [g](Q)set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “I will (R)pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, [h]the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have (S)pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one (T)mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 11 In that day there will be great (U)mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the [i]plain of [j]Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 12:1 Or oracle
  2. Zechariah 12:2 Lit of reeling
  3. Zechariah 12:3 Lit scratched
  4. Zechariah 12:4 Lit open My eyes
  5. Zechariah 12:5 Lit My strength is
  6. Zechariah 12:8 Or stumbles
  7. Zechariah 12:9 Lit seek to
  8. Zechariah 12:10 Or a spirit
  9. Zechariah 12:11 I.e. broad valley
  10. Zechariah 12:11 Heb Megiddon

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

14 Behold, a (A)day is coming for the Lord when (B)the spoil 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 captured, the (D)houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off 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. In 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 in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 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 before 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 [b]Him!

In that day there will be (J)no light; the [c]luminaries will dwindle. 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 (M)evening time there will be light.

And in 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; in that day the Lord will be the only (P)one, and His name the only one.

10 All the land will be changed into a plain from (Q)Geba to (R)Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but [d]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 [e]People will live in it, and there will (X)no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will (Y)dwell in security.

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 14:3 Lit His day of fighting
  2. Zechariah 14:5 So the versions; Heb You
  3. Zechariah 14:6 Lit glorious ones will congeal
  4. Zechariah 14:10 Lit it
  5. Zechariah 14:11 Lit They

Signs of Christ’s Return

24 (A)Jesus (B)came out from the temple and was going away [a]when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, (C)not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”

As He was sitting on (D)the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of (E)Your coming, and of the [b]end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them, (F)See to it that no one misleads you. For (G)many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the [c]Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of (H)wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For (I)nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be (J)famines and earthquakes. (K)But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

(L)Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and (M)you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will [d](N)fall away and will [e]betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many (O)false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, [f]most people’s love will grow cold. 13 (P)But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This (Q)gospel of the kingdom (R)shall be preached in the whole [g](S)world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

15 “Therefore when you see the (T)abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in (U)the holy place ((V)let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 [h]Whoever is on (W)the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 [i]Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But (X)woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a (Y)great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no [j]life would have been saved; but for (Z)the sake of the [k]elect those days will be cut short. 23 (AA)Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [l]Christ,’ or ‘[m]There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and (AB)false prophets will arise and will [n]show great [o](AC)signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even (AD)the [p]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 (AE)For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the (AF)coming of the (AG)Son of Man be. 28 (AH)Wherever the corpse is, there the [q]vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the (AI)tribulation of those days (AJ)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and (AK)the stars will fall from [r]the sky, and the powers of [s]the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then (AL)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 (AM)the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And (AN)He will send forth His angels with (AO)a great trumpet and they will gather together His [t](AP)elect from (AQ)the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Parable of the Fig Tree

32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, [u]recognize that [v]He is near, right (AR)at the [w]door. 34 Truly I say to you, (AS)this [x]generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 (AT)Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

36 “But (AU)of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For [y]the (AV)coming of the Son of Man will be (AW)just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, (AX)marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that (AY)Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not [z]understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the (AZ)coming of the Son of Man be.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 24:1 Lit and
  2. Matthew 24:3 Or consummation
  3. Matthew 24:5 I.e. the Messiah
  4. Matthew 24:10 Lit be caused to stumble
  5. Matthew 24:10 Or hand over
  6. Matthew 24:12 Lit the love of many
  7. Matthew 24:14 Lit inhabited earth
  8. Matthew 24:17 Lit He who
  9. Matthew 24:18 Lit He who
  10. Matthew 24:22 Lit flesh
  11. Matthew 24:22 Or chosen ones
  12. Matthew 24:23 I.e. Messiah
  13. Matthew 24:23 Lit here
  14. Matthew 24:24 Lit give
  15. Matthew 24:24 Or attesting miracles
  16. Matthew 24:24 Or chosen ones
  17. Matthew 24:28 Or eagles
  18. Matthew 24:29 Or heaven
  19. Matthew 24:29 Or heaven
  20. Matthew 24:31 Or chosen ones
  21. Matthew 24:33 Or know
  22. Matthew 24:33 Or it
  23. Matthew 24:33 Lit doors
  24. Matthew 24:34 Or race
  25. Matthew 24:37 Lit just as...were the days
  26. Matthew 24:39 Lit know