The New King James Version

Zechariah 12:1–10

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The Coming Deliverance of Judah

12 The 1burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, awho stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and bforms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem ca cup of 2drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. dAnd it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem ea 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 glike 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 hdestroy 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 jlook on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him kas one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

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