Zechariah 12

Jerusalem to Be Attacked

Or oracle
burden of the word of the  Lord concerning Israel.

T hus declares the  Lord who b  stretches out the heavens, c  lays the foundation of the earth, and d  forms the spirit of man within him,
2Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a e  cup
Lit of reeling
that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against g  Judah.
3It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy h  stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be i  severely
Lit scratched
injured. And all the k  nations of the earth will be gathered against it.
4In that day,” declares the  Lord, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will
Lit open My eyes
watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
5Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘
Lit My strength is
A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the  Lord of hosts, their God.’

6In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a n  firepot 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 o  inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem. 7“The  Lord also will p  save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of q  David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah. 8In that day the  Lord will r  defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who
Or stumbles
t  is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like u  God, like the v  angel of the  Lord before them.
9And in that day I will
Lit seek to
x  set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10“I will y  pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
Or a spirit
the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have aa  pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one ab  mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
11In that day there will be great ac  mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the
I.e. broad valley
plain of
Heb Megiddon
12The 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; 13the 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; 14all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.
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