The Coming Day of the Lord1 Behold a a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For b I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and c the city shall be taken d and the houses plundered e and the women raped. f Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 g Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 h On that day his feet shall stand i on j the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and k the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by l a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from m the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. 6 n On that day o there shall be p no light, cold, or frost. ▼
▼ Compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain7 r And there shall be a unique ▼
▼ Hebrew oneday t which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but u at evening time there shall be light. 8 v On that day w living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to x the eastern sea ▼
▼ That is, the Dead Seaand half of them to z the western sea. ▼
▼ That is, the Mediterranean Seaab It shall continue in summer as in winter. 9 And ac the Lord will be king over all the earth. ad On that day the Lord will be ae one and af his name one. 10 ag The whole land shall be turned into a plain from ah Geba to ai Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But aj Jerusalem shall remain aloft ak on its site from al the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to am the Corner Gate, and from an the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11 And it shall be inhabited, for ao there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. ▼
▼ The Hebrew term rendered decree of utter destruction refers to things devoted (or set apart) to the Lord (or by the Lord) for destructionaq Jerusalem shall dwell in security. 12 And this shall be ar the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 And as on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that at each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14 Even au Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And av the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15 And aw a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps. 16 Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem ax shall go up year after year to worship ay the King, the Lord of hosts, and az to keep ba the Feast of Booths. 17 And if bb any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship bc the King, the Lord of hosts, bd there will be no rain on them. 18 And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; ▼
▼ Hebrew lacks rainthere shall be bf the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up bg to keep the Feast of Booths. 19 This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up bh to keep the Feast of Booths. 20 And bi on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, bj “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar. 21 And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be bk holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And bl there shall no longer be bm a trader ▼
▼ Or Canaanitein the house of the Lord of hosts bo on that day.
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