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”

A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, (A)who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, (B)but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (C)I[a] must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is (D)day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, (E)I am the light of the world.”

When He had said these things, (F)He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash (G)in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So (H)he went and washed, and came back seeing.

Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was [b]blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is he.” Others said, [c]“He is like him.”

He said, “I am he.

10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered and said, (I)“A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to [d]the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”

12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

The Pharisees Excommunicate the Healed Man

13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not [e]keep the Sabbath.”

Others said, (J)“How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And (K)there was a division among them.

17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?”

He said, (L)“He is a prophet.”

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because (M)they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he (N)would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, (O)“Give God the glory! (P)We know that this Man is a sinner.”

25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”

28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God (Q)spoke to (R)Moses; as for this fellow, (S)we do not know where He is from.”

30 The man answered and said to them, (T)“Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that (U)God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 (V)If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

34 They answered and said to him, (W)“You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they [f]cast him out.

True Vision and True Blindness

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had (X)found him, He said to him, “Do you (Y)believe in (Z)the Son of [g]God?”

36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”

37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and (AA)it is He who is talking with you.”

38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he (AB)worshiped Him.

39 And Jesus said, (AC)“For judgment I have come into this world, (AD)that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, (AE)and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”

41 Jesus said to them, (AF)“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

Footnotes

  1. John 9:4 NU We
  2. John 9:8 NU a beggar
  3. John 9:9 NU “No, but he is like him.”
  4. John 9:11 NU omits the pool of
  5. John 9:16 observe
  6. John 9:34 Excommunicated him
  7. John 9:35 NU Man

Praising the Lord in His House at Night

A Song of Ascents.

134 Behold, bless the Lord,
All you servants of the Lord,
Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!
(A)Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the Lord.

The Lord who made heaven and earth
Bless you from Zion!