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Zechariah 12:1–14:21

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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. 11 In that day there shall be a great lmourning in Jerusalem, mlike the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of 3Megiddo. 12 nAnd 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 oNathan 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 aday ba fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for cuncleanness.

“It shall be in that day,” says the Lord of hosts, “that I will dcut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause ethe 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 fnot live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the Lord.’ And his father and mother who begot him gshall thrust him through when he prophesies.

“And it shall be in that day that hevery prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear ia robe of coarse hair to deceive. jBut 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 1arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

The Shepherd Savior

7 “Awake, O sword, against kMy Shepherd,

Against the Man lwho is My Companion,”

Says the Lord of hosts.

m“Strike the Shepherd,

And the sheep will be scattered;

Then I will turn My hand against nthe little ones.

8 And it shall come to pass in all the land,”

Says the Lord,

That otwo-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,

pBut one-third shall be left in it:

9 I will bring the one-third qthrough the fire,

Will rrefine them as silver is refined,

And test them as gold is tested.

sThey will call on My name,

And I will answer them.

tI will say, ‘This is My people’;

And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

The Day of the Lord

14 Behold, athe day of the Lord is coming,

And your 1spoil will be divided in your midst.

2 For bI will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;

The city shall be taken,

The houses 2rifled,

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.

3 Then the Lord will go forth

And fight against those nations,

As He fights in the day of battle.

4 And in that day His feet will stand con the Mount of Olives,

Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,

From east to west,

dMaking a very large valley;

Half of the mountain shall move toward the north

And half of it toward the south.

5 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 eearthquake

In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

fThus the Lord my God will come,

And gall the saints with 3You.

6 It shall come to pass in that day

That there will be no light;

The 4lights will diminish.

7 It shall be one day

hWhich is known to the Lord

Neither day nor night.

But at ievening time it shall happen

That it will be light.

8 And in that day it shall be—

That living jwaters shall flow from Jerusalem,

Half of them toward 5the eastern sea

And half of them toward 6the western sea;

In both summer and winter it shall occur.

9 And the Lord shall be kKing over all the earth.

In that day it shall be

l“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. 7Jerusalem shall be raised up and minhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, nand from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.

11 The people shall dwell in it;

And ono longer shall there be utter destruction,

pBut 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 8dissolve 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 qa great panic from the Lord will be among them.

Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,

And raise rhis hand against his neighbor’s hand;

14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.

sAnd the wealth of all the surrounding nations

Shall be gathered together:

Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.

15 tSuch 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 ugo up from year to year to vworship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep wthe Feast of Tabernacles. 17 xAnd 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 yEgypt will not come up and enter in, zthey 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 9punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 In that day a“HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The bpots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, 1every 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 cCanaanite din the house of the Lord of hosts.

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