The Coming Deliverance of Judah

12 The [a]burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, (A)who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and (B)forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem (C)a cup of [b]drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. (D)And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem (E)a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says the Lord, (F)“I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah (G)like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

“The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to (H)destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 (I)“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will (J)look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him (K)as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great (L)mourning in Jerusalem, (M)like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of [c]Megiddo. 12 (N)And the land shall 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 (O)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 Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Idolatry Cut Off

13 “In that (P)day (Q)a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for (R)uncleanness.

“It shall be in that day,” says the Lord of hosts, “that I will (S)cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause (T)the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land. It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, ‘You shall (U)not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the Lord.’ And his father and mother who begot him (V)shall thrust him through when he prophesies.

“And it shall be in that day that (W)every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear (X)a robe of coarse hair to deceive. (Y)But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’ And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your [d]arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

The Shepherd Savior

“Awake, O sword, against (Z)My Shepherd,
Against the Man (AA)who is My Companion,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
(AB)“Strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered;
Then I will turn My hand against (AC)the little ones.
And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
That (AD)two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
(AE)But one-third shall be left in it:
I will bring the one-third (AF)through the fire,
Will (AG)refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
(AH)They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
(AI)I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

The Day of the Lord(AJ)

14 Behold, (AK)the day of the Lord is coming,
And your [e]spoil will be divided in your midst.
For (AL)I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses [f]rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then the Lord will go forth
And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
And in that day His feet will stand (AM)on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
(AN)Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.

Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
Yes, you shall flee
As you fled from the (AO)earthquake
In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

(AP)Thus the Lord my God will come,
And (AQ)all the saints with [g]You.

It shall come to pass in that day
That there will be no light;
The [h]lights will diminish.
It shall be one day
(AR)Which is known to the Lord
Neither day nor night.
But at (AS)evening time it shall happen
That it will be light.

And in that day it shall be
That living (AT)waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
Half of them toward [i]the eastern sea
And half of them toward [j]the western sea;
In both summer and winter it shall occur.
And the Lord shall be (AU)King over all the earth.
In that day it shall be—
(AV)“The Lord is one,”
And His name one.

10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. [k]Jerusalem shall be raised up and (AW)inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, (AX)and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.

11 The people shall dwell in it;
And (AY)no longer shall there be utter destruction,
(AZ)But Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:

Their flesh shall [l]dissolve while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.

13 It shall come to pass in that day
That (BA)a great panic from the Lord will be among them.
Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,
And raise (BB)his hand against his neighbor’s hand;
14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.
(BC)And the wealth of all the surrounding nations
Shall be gathered together:
Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.

15 (BD)Such also shall be the plague
On the horse and the mule,
On the camel and the donkey,
And on all the cattle that will be in those camps.
So shall this plague be.

The Nations Worship the King

16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall (BE)go up from year to year to (BF)worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep (BG)the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 (BH)And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of (BI)Egypt will not come up and enter in, (BJ)they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the [m]punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 In that day (BK)“HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The (BL)pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, [n]every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a (BM)Canaanite (BN)in the house of the Lord of hosts.

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 12:1 oracle, prophecy
  2. Zechariah 12:2 Lit. reeling
  3. Zechariah 12:11 Heb. Megiddon
  4. Zechariah 13:6 Or hands
  5. Zechariah 14:1 plunder or booty
  6. Zechariah 14:2 Or plundered
  7. Zechariah 14:5 Or you; LXX, Tg., Vg. Him
  8. Zechariah 14:6 Lit. glorious ones
  9. Zechariah 14:8 The Dead Sea
  10. Zechariah 14:8 The Mediterranean Sea
  11. Zechariah 14:10 Lit. She
  12. Zechariah 14:12 Lit. decay
  13. Zechariah 14:19 Lit. sin
  14. Zechariah 14:21 Or on every pot . . . shall be engraved “HOLINESS TO THE LORD OF HOSTS”