The Book Of ZECHARIAH
The enthusiasm of the Jews returning to Judah from their exile in
Babylon was soon dampened by discouragement as they faced the pile of
rubble that remained of the temple and the devastated land surrounding
it. According to Ezra (5:1; 6:14), both Haggai and Zechariah prophesied
about 520-516 B.C.E. With a series of visions and oracles Zechariah
assures Zerubbabel, the governor, and Joshua, the high priest, that
together they will finish rebuilding the temple, which they did
To our secular society, which sees only what is immediately visible,
Zechariah presents visions of sweeping breadth. The cosmos reaches from
God and the angels to Satan, the accuser. The view of time stretches
from the early days of Israel's history to a magnificent future where
the Lord will rule through a righteous king. Yahweh is not only the God
of Israel, but the God of all the earth.
The author identifies himself in the first verse as "the prophet
Zechariah, son of Berechiah son of Iddo." Iddo was the head of one of
the priestly families among the returning exiles (Nehemiah 12:4, 16).
Zechariah may have been a boy when his family returned to Jerusalem.
Chapters 9-14 are probably by a different author, sometimes called
"Deutero-Zechariah" or "Second Zechariah." The mention of the Greeks in
9:13 suggests a later date and authorship than Zechariah, but the
historical setting of these later chapters is difficult to determine.
The first eight chapters clearly apply to the period of return from
exile, with frequent historical references to that period. Chapters 9-14
are more difficult to date, with estimates ranging from preexilic times
to the Greek and Roman periods.
Arriving in Jerusalem among exiles returning from Babylon in the late
500s B.C.E., the prophet Zechariah criticizes disobedience but looks
forward to the restoration of the temple and the prosperity of a people
faithful to God.
Imagine living for a long time in a foreign country, then returning to
find your own country in ruins. You would wonder if your hardships were
punishments from God, as many prophets have said, and you would ask how
one can be restored to God's favor. From that perspective we read
Zechariah, who pronounces judgment for disobedience, but also envisions a
rebuilt temple and a restored Jerusalem. The book also causes us to
look for God's activity not only in the past but also in our world
today, and how this might develop in the future. What is the future hope
for people who live in seemingly hopeless situations?
AUTHOR: Michael Rogness, Professor of Preaching and Professor Emeritus of Homiletic
The Book Of ZECHARIAH
1 In the
eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD
unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet,
2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.
say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me,
saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of
4 Be ye
not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from
your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the
5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
6 But my
words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did
they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as
the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and
according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.
the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month
Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto
Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
8 I saw
by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among
the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red
horses, speckled, and white.
9 Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be.
the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are
they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth.
they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees,
and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all
the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.
the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt
thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against
which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?
13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.
14 So the
angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith
the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great
15 And I
am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but
a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.
thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house
shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be
stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity
shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and
shall yet choose Jerusalem.
18 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.
19 And I
said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered
me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and
20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.
said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns
which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but
these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles,
which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.
1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem,
to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,
said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be
inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle
5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
6 Ho, ho,
come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I
have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.
7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.
thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the
nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple
of his eye.
behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to
their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my
people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that
the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
1 And he
shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD,
and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2 And the
LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that
hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
4 And he
answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away
the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have
caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with
change of raiment.
5 And I
said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre
upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD
6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt
keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep
my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand
now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before
thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my
servant the BRANCH.
behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be
seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD
of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.
1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a
candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven
lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the
3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
6 Then he
answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto
Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith
the LORD of hosts.
7 Who art
thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain:
and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying,
Grace, grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands
shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath
sent me unto you.
who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and
shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they
are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the
right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
12 And I
answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches
which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of
13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.
1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
2 And he
said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the
length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.
said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the
whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this
side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on
that side according to it.
4 I will
bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the
house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by
my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall
consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.
6 And I
said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He
said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.
7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
8 And he
said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah;
and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two
women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the
wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the
10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
1 And I
turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came
four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were
mountains of brass.
2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;
3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?
5 And the
angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the
heavens, which go forth from standing before the LORD of all the earth.
black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the
white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south
7 And the
bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro
through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through
the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go
toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.
9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah,
which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the
house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;
11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold
the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place,
and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and
shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his
throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen
the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD,
and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this
shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD
1 And it
came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the
LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in
2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,
3 And to
speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and
to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating
myself, as I have done these so many years?
4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying,
unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye
fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy
years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?
6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?
ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets,
when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof
round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?
8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,
9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor;
and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the
law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by
the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of
it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they
cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:
14 But I
scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew
not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through
nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the
mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in
the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for
5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant
of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes?
saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
8 And I
will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and
they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in
saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these
days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day
that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the
temple might be built.
before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast;
neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of
the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour.
11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.
the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the
ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew;
and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
13 And it
shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house
of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a
blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your
fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented
15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his
neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and
love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the
18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,
saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of
the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall
be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts;
therefore love the truth and peace.
20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go
speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will
22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten
men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take
hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you:
for we have heard that God is with you.
burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus
shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of
Israel, shall be toward the LORD.
2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.
3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, the LORD will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.
shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful,
and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall
perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
7 And I
will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from
between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God,
and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
8 And I
will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that
passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall
pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.
greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold,
thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and
riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I
will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and
the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the
heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the
river even to the ends of the earth.
11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
13 When I
have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy
sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a
the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the
lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with
whirlwinds of the south.
LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with
sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine;
and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his
people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an
ensign upon his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
1 Ask ye
of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make
bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the
2 For the
idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have
told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way
as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.
anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for
the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath
made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire
of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is
with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
6 And I
will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph,
and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them:
and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD
their God, and will hear them.
they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall
rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad;
their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
9 And I
will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far
countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.
10 I will
bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of
Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and
place shall not be found for them.
11 And he
shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves
in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride
of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart
12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.
1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl,
O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.
is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a
voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is
4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;
possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell
them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds
pity them not.
6 For I
will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I
will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the
hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I
will not deliver them.
7 And I
will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I
took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called
Bands; and I fed the flock.
8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that
is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the
flesh of another.
10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.
11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.
12 And I
said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear.
So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I
was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast
them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those
that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is
broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh
of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
17 Woe to
the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his
arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his
right eye shall be utterly darkened.
burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which
stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth,
and formeth the spirit of man within him.
I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round
about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against
3 And in
that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all
that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the
people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that
day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and
his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of
Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the
governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of
Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
6 In that
day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the
wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all
the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem
shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the
house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not
magnify themselves against Judah.
8 In that
day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is
feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David
shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 And I
will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look
upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one
that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of
David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan
apart, and their wives apart;
13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;
14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
1 In that
day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
2 And it
shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut
off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be
remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to
pass out of the land.
3 And it
shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father
and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live;
for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his
mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
4 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every
one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a
rough garment to deceive:
5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
6 And one
shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall
answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
7 Awake, O
sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow,
saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be
scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
8 And it
shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts
therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I
will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as
silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call
on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they
shall say, The LORD is my God.
1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I
will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall
be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the
city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall
not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his
feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before
Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst
thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very
great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north,
and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye
shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the
mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled
from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the
LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it
shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night:
but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8 And it
shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem;
half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder
sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of
Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from
Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate,
and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.
11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people
that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while
they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their
holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall
be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his
neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen
round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel,
in great abundance.
15 And so
shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the
ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this
16 And it
shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations
which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to
worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of
17 And it
shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth
unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them
shall be no rain.
18 And if
the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there
shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come
not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE
LORD; and the pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowls before
every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of
hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and
seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in
the house of the LORD of hosts.