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Jerusalem Will Be Plundered

14 Listen! A day is coming for the Lord, when the plunder taken from you will be divided in your presence.

I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem, and the city will be taken, the houses plundered, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.

The Lord Will Be King Over All the Earth

Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and the other half toward the south. You will flee through my mountain valley, because the mountain valley will reach to Azal. Yes, you will flee, just as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones will come with him.[a]

On that day there will be no light. The light sources will freeze over.[b] It will be a unique day—known to the Lord—neither day nor night. But at evening time there will be light.

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it toward the eastern sea[c] and half of it toward the western sea.[d] It will continue to flow in summer and in winter.

The Lord will be King over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be the one, and his name will be the one.

10 The whole land will be changed into a plain, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be elevated and remain in her place, from the Benjamin Gate to the place of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. 11 It will be inhabited, and it will no longer be devoted to destruction. Jerusalem will dwell in security.

12 This will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have waged war against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are standing on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day there will be a great panic from the Lord among them. They will seize each other by the hand, and the hand of each one will be raised up against his neighbor. 14 Even Judah will fight against[e] Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected: gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. 15 In the same way a plague will afflict the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and all the animals that will be in those camps.

16 Then every survivor who is left from all the nations that went up against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of Armies, and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. 17 But if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Armies, no rain will fall on them. 18 If the family of clans from Egypt will not go up and enter in, they will be struck by the plague that the Lord used to strike the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. 19 This will be the punishment for Egypt as well as the punishment for all the nations that will not go up to celebrate the Festival of Shelters.

20 In that day this will be inscribed on the bells of the horses: “Holy to the Lord.” The cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sprinkling bowls in front of the altar. 21 Every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of Armies, and all who sacrifice will come and take some of them and cook in them. In that day there will no longer be a Canaanite[f] in the house of the Lord of Armies.


  1. Zechariah 14:5 Him is the reading of many Hebrew manuscripts and ancient versions. The reading of the main Hebrew text is you singular.
  2. Zechariah 14:6 Or, following the ancient versions, there will be no light or cold or frost or there will be no light, but cold and frost
  3. Zechariah 14:8 That is, the Dead Sea
  4. Zechariah 14:8 That is, the Mediterranean Sea
  5. Zechariah 14:14 Or at
  6. Zechariah 14:21 Or trader or merchant