The Coming of Zion’s King

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!(A)
    Shout,(B) Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,(C)
    righteous and victorious,(D)
lowly and riding on a donkey,(E)
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.(F)
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
    and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
    and the battle bow will be broken.(G)
He will proclaim peace(H) to the nations.
    His rule will extend from sea to sea
    and from the River[a] to the ends of the earth.(I)
11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant(J) with you,
    I will free your prisoners(K) from the waterless pit.(L)
12 Return to your fortress,(M) you prisoners of hope;
    even now I announce that I will restore twice(N) as much to you.
13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow(O)
    and fill it with Ephraim.(P)
I will rouse your sons, Zion,
    against your sons, Greece,(Q)
    and make you like a warrior’s sword.(R)

The Lord Will Appear

14 Then the Lord will appear over them;(S)
    his arrow will flash like lightning.(T)
The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet;(U)
    he will march in the storms(V) of the south,
15     and the Lord Almighty will shield(W) them.
They will destroy
    and overcome with slingstones.(X)
They will drink and roar as with wine;(Y)
    they will be full like a bowl(Z)
    used for sprinkling[b] the corners(AA) of the altar.
16 The Lord their God will save his people on that day(AB)
    as a shepherd saves his flock.
They will sparkle in his land
    like jewels in a crown.(AC)
17 How attractive and beautiful they will be!
    Grain will make the young men thrive,
    and new wine the young women.

The Lord Will Care for Judah

10 Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
    it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain(AD) to all people,
    and plants of the field(AE) to everyone.
The idols(AF) speak deceitfully,
    diviners(AG) see visions that lie;
they tell dreams(AH) that are false,
    they give comfort in vain.(AI)
Therefore the people wander like sheep
    oppressed for lack of a shepherd.(AJ)

“My anger burns against the shepherds,
    and I will punish the leaders;(AK)
for the Lord Almighty will care
    for his flock, the people of Judah,
    and make them like a proud horse in battle.(AL)
From Judah will come the cornerstone,(AM)
    from him the tent peg,(AN)
from him the battle bow,(AO)
    from him every ruler.
Together they[c] will be like warriors in battle
    trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.(AP)
They will fight because the Lord is with them,
    and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.(AQ)

“I will strengthen(AR) Judah
    and save the tribes of Joseph.
I will restore them
    because I have compassion(AS) on them.(AT)
They will be as though
    I had not rejected them,
for I am the Lord their God
    and I will answer(AU) them.
The Ephraimites will become like warriors,
    and their hearts will be glad as with wine.(AV)
Their children will see it and be joyful;
    their hearts will rejoice(AW) in the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 9:10 That is, the Euphrates
  2. Zechariah 9:15 Or bowl, / like
  3. Zechariah 10:5 Or ruler, all of them together. / They