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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Zechariah 12–14

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Chapter 12

Jerusalem to Be Attacked

1 The 1burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel.

Thus declares the Lord who astretches out the heavens, blays the foundation of the earth, and cforms the spirit of man within him, 2 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a acup 1that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against bJudah. 3 It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy astone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be bseverely 1injured. And all the cnations of the earth will be gathered against it. 4 In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will 1watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘1A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of hosts, their God.’

6 “In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a afirepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the binhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem. 7 The Lord also will asave the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of bDavid and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah. 8 In that day the Lord will adefend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who 1bis feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like cGod, like the dangel of the Lord before them. 9 And in that day I will 1aset about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “I will apour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 1the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have bpierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one cmourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 11 In that day there will be great amourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the 1plain of 2Megiddo. 12 The land will 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 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 the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.

Chapter 13

False Prophets Ashamed

1 “In that day a afountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for bsin and for cimpurity.

2 “It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I will acut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the bprophets and the cunclean spirit from the land. 3 And if anyone still aprophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, ‘You shall bnot live, for you have spoken cfalsely in the name of the Lord’; and his dfather and mother who gave birth to him will pierce him through when he prophesies. 4 Also it will come about in that day that the prophets will each be aashamed of his vision when he prophesies, and they will not put on a bhairy robe in order to deceive; 5 but he will say, ‘I am anot a prophet; I am a tiller of the ground, for a man 1sold me as a slave in my youth.’ 6 And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds abetween your 1arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of 2my friends.’

7 “Awake, O asword, against My bShepherd,

And against the man, My cAssociate,”

Declares the Lord of hosts.

dStrike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered;

And I will eturn My hand 1against the little ones.

8 “It will come about in all the land,”

Declares the Lord,

“That atwo parts in it will be cut off and perish;

But the third will be left in it.

9 “And I will bring the third part through the afire,

Refine them as silver is refined,

And test them as gold is tested.

They will bcall on My name,

And I will canswer them;

I will say, ‘They are dMy people,’

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

Chapter 14

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

1 Behold, a aday is coming for the Lord when bthe spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will agather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the bhouses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and afight against those nations, as 1when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will astand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be bsplit in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the aearthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. bThen the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with 1Him!

6 In that day there will be ano light; the 1luminaries will dwindle. 7 For it will be aa unique day which is bknown to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at cevening time there will be light.

8 And in that day aliving waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

God Will Be King over All

9 And the Lord will be aking over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only bone, and His name the only one.

10 All the land will be changed into a plain from aGeba to bRimmon south of Jerusalem; but 1Jerusalem will crise and dremain on its site from eBenjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the fCorner Gate, and from the gTower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 1People will live in it, and there will ano longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will bdwell in security.

12 Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will arot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. 13 It will come about in that day that a great panic from the Lord will 1fall on them; and they will aseize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will 2be lifted against the hand of another. 14 aJudah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the bwealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance. 15 So also like this aplague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey and all the cattle that will be in those camps.

16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will ago up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the bFeast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the aKing, the Lord of hosts, there will be bno rain on them. 18 If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the aplague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 19 This will be the 1punishment of Egypt, and the 1punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

20 In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “aHOLY TO THE LORD.” And the bcooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be aholy to the Lord of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a 1bCanaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts in that day.

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