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Visions and oracles about the restoration of Jerusalem; a call to repentance
1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came
to the prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah son of Iddo, saying: 2 The LORD was
very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore say to them, Thus says the LORD of
hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says
the LORD of hosts. 4 Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former
prophets proclaimed, "Thus says the LORD of hosts, Return from your evil ways
and from your evil deeds." But they did not hear or heed me, says the LORD. 5
Your ancestors, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 But
my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they
not overtake your ancestors? So they repented and said, "The LORD of hosts has
dealt with us according to our ways and deeds, just as he planned to do."
The eight visions of Zechariah; the first vision: the divine horsemen
patrol the earth
7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the
second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah son
of Berechiah son of Iddo; and Zechariah said, 8 In the night I saw a man
riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and
behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. 9 Then I said, "What are these,
my lord?" The angel who talked with me said to me, "I will show you what they
are." 10 So the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered, "They
are those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth." 11 Then they spoke to
the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees, "We have
patrolled the earth, and lo, the whole earth remains at peace." 12 Then the
angel of the LORD said, "O LORD of hosts, how long will you withhold mercy
from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which you have been angry these
seventy years?" 13 Then the LORD replied with gracious and comforting words to
the angel who talked with me. 14 So the angel who talked with me said to me,
Proclaim this message: Thus says the LORD of hosts; I am very jealous for
Jerusalem and for Zion. 15 And I am extremely angry with the nations that are
at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they made the disaster worse. 16
Therefore, thus says the LORD, I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion;
my house shall be built in it, says the LORD of hosts, and the measuring line
shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. 17 Proclaim further: Thus says the LORD
of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity; the LORD will again
comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.
The second vision: four horns and four smiths
18 And I looked up and saw four horns. 19 I asked the angel who talked with
me, "What are these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns that have
scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." 20 Then the LORD showed me four
blacksmiths. 21 And I asked, "What are they coming to do?" He answered, "These
are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no head could be raised; but these
have come to terrify them, to strike down the horns of the nations that lifted
up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people."
The third vision: a surveyor measures Jerusalem
1 I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 Then I asked,
"Where are you going?" He answered me, "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is
its width and what is its length." 3 Then the angel who talked with me came
forward, and another angel came forward to meet him, 4 and said to him, "Run,
say to that young man: Jerusalem shall be inhabited like villages without
walls, because of the multitude of people and animals in it. 5 For I will be a
wall of fire all around it, says the LORD, and I will be the glory within it."
A summons to the exiles
6 Up, up! Flee from the land of the north, says the LORD; for I have spread
you abroad like the four winds of heaven, says the LORD. 7 Up! Escape to Zion,
you that live with daughter Babylon. 8 For thus said the LORD of hosts (after
his glory sent me) regarding the nations that plundered you: Truly, one who
touches you touches the apple of my eye. 9 See now, I am going to raise my
hand against them, and they shall become plunder for their own slaves. Then
you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me. 10 Sing and rejoice, O
daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the LORD. 11
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and shall be my
people; and I will dwell in your midst. And you shall know that the LORD of
hosts has sent me to you. 12 The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the
holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
13 Be silent, all people, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his
The fourth vision: Joshua and the Satan
1 Then he showed me the high priest Joshua standing before the angel of the
LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the LORD said
to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem
rebuke you! Is not this man a brand plucked from the fire?" 3 Now Joshua was
dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to
those who were standing before him, "Take off his filthy clothes." And to him
he said, "See, I have taken your guilt away from you, and I will clothe you
with festal apparel." 5 And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head."
So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with the apparel; and
the angel of the LORD was standing by.
6 Then the angel of the LORD assured Joshua, saying 7 "Thus says the LORD of
hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you shall
rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of
access among those who are standing here. 8 Now listen, Joshua, high priest,
you and your colleagues who sit before you! For they are an omen of things to
come: I am going to bring my servant the Branch. 9 For on the stone that I
have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven facets, I will engrave
its inscription, says the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the guilt of this
land in a single day. 10 On that day, says the LORD of hosts, you shall invite
each other to come under your vine and fig tree."
The fifth vision: a lampstand and two olive trees
1 The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as one is wakened
from sleep. 2 He said to me, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a lampstand
all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it; there are seven lamps on it, with
seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. 3 And by it there
are two olive trees, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."
4 I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" 5 Then
the angel who talked with me answered me, "Do you not know what these are?" I
said, "No, my lord." 6 He said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to
Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of
hosts. 7 What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a
plain; and he shall bring out the top stone amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to
8 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 "The hands of Zerubbabel
have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then
you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has
despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in
the hand of Zerubbabel.
"These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range through the whole earth."
11 Then I said to him, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the
left of the lampstand?" 12 And a second time I said to him, "What are these
two branches of the olive trees, which pour out the oil through the two golden
pipes?" 13 He said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my
lord." 14 Then he said, "These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord
of the whole earth."
The sixth vision: a flying scroll
1 Again I looked up and saw a flying scroll. 2 And he said to me, "What do you
see?" I answered, "I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its
width ten cubits." 3 Then he said to me, "This is the curse that goes out over
the face of the whole land; for everyone who steals shall be cut off according
to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears falsely shall be cut off
according to the writing on the other side. 4 I have sent it out, says the
LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of
anyone who swears falsely by my name; and it shall abide in that house and
consume it, both timber and stones."
The seventh vision: a woman in a basket
5 Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, "Look up and
see what this is that is coming out." 6 I said, "What is it?" He said, "This
is a basket coming out." And he said, "This is their iniquity in all the
land." 7 Then a leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the
basket! 8 And he said, "This is Wickedness." So he thrust her back into the
basket, and pressed the leaden weight down on its mouth. 9 Then I looked up
and saw two women coming forward. The wind was in their wings; they had wings
like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and
sky. 10 Then I said to the angel who talked with me, "Where are they taking
the basket?" 11 He said to me, "To the land of Shinar, to build a house for
it; and when this is prepared, they will set the basket down there on its
The eighth vision: four chariots
1 And again I looked up and saw four chariots coming out from between two
mountains – mountains of bronze. 2 The first chariot had red horses, the
second chariot black horses, 3 the third chariot white horses, and the fourth
chariot dappled gray horses. 4 Then I said to the angel who talked with me,
"What are these, my lord?" 5 The angel answered me, "These are the four winds
of heaven going out, after presenting themselves before the Lord of all the
earth. 6 The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the
white ones go toward the west country, and the dappled ones go toward the
south country." 7 When the steeds came out, they were impatient to get off and
patrol the earth. And he said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the
earth. 8 Then he cried out to me, "Lo, those who go toward the north country
have set my spirit at rest in the north country."
9 The word of the LORD came to me: 10 Collect silver and gold from the exiles
– from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah – who have arrived from Babylon; and go
the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and
gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest Joshua son of
Jehozadak; 12 say to him: Thus says the LORD of hosts: Here is a man whose
name is Branch: for he shall branch out in his place, and he shall build the
temple of the LORD. 13 It is he that shall build the temple of the LORD; he
shall bear royal honor, and shall sit upon his throne and rule. There shall be
a priest by his throne, with peaceful understanding between the two of them.
14 And the crown shall be in the care of Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Josiah
son of Zephaniah, as a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
15 Those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD;
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. This will happen
if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
1 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on
the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. 2 Now the people of
Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men, to entreat the favor
of the LORD, 3 and to ask the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts and
the prophets, "Should I mourn and practice abstinence in the fifth month, as I
have done for so many years?" 4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me:
5 Say to all the people of the land and the priests: When you fasted and
lamented in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was
it for me that you fasted? 6 And when you eat and when you drink, do you not
eat and drink only for yourselves? 7 Were not these the words that the LORD
proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in
prosperity, along with the towns around it, and when the Negeb and the
Shephelah were inhabited?
8 The word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying: 9 Thus says the LORD of
hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; 10 do
not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise
evil in your hearts against one another. 11 But they refused to listen, and
turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears in order not to hear. 12
They made their hearts adamant in order not to hear the law and the words that
the LORD of hosts had sent by his spirit through the former prophets.
Therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts. 13 Just as, when I called,
they would not hear, so, when they called, I would not hear, says the LORD of
hosts, 14 and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that
they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went
to and fro, and a pleasant land was made desolate.
Ten sayings about Jerusalem
1 The word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying: 2 Thus says the LORD of
hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her
with great wrath. 3 Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and will dwell
in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and
the mountain of the LORD of hosts shall be called the holy mountain. 4 Thus
says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets
of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. 5 And the
streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. 6
Thus says the LORD of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of
this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the LORD
of hosts? 7 Thus says the LORD of hosts: I will save my people from the east
country and from the west country; 8 and I will bring them to live in
Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness
and in righteousness.
9 Thus says the LORD of hosts: Let your hands be strong – you that have
recently been hearing these words from the mouths of the prophets who were
present when the foundation was laid for the rebuilding of the temple, the
house of the LORD of hosts. 10 For before those days there were no wages for
people or for animals, nor was there any safety from the foe for those who
went out or came in, and I set them all against one another. 11 But now I will
not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, says the LORD
of hosts. 12 For there shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its
fruit, the ground shall give its produce, and the skies shall give their dew;
and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13
Just as you have been a cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house
of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing. Do not be afraid,
but let your hands be strong.
14 For thus says the LORD of hosts: Just as I purposed to bring disaster upon
you, when your ancestors provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the
LORD of hosts, 15 so again I have purposed in these days to do good to
Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; do not be afraid. 16 These are the things
that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates
judgments that are true and make for peace, 17 do not devise evil in your
hearts against one another, and love no false oath; for all these are things
that I hate, says the LORD.
18 The word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying: 19 Thus says 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 seasons of joy and
gladness, and cheerful festivals for the house of Judah: therefore love truth
20 Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, the inhabitants of
many cities; 21 the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,
"Come, let us go to entreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of
hosts; I myself am going." 22 Many peoples and strong nations shall come to
seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of the LORD. 23
Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from nations of every
language shall take hold of a Jew, grasping his garment and saying, "Let us go
with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
The two burdens of Zechariah; the first burden; the Lord subdues Israel's
1 The word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach
and will rest upon Damascus.
For to the LORD belongs the capital of Aram,
as do all the tribes of Israel;
2 Hamath also, which borders on it,
Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
3 Tyre has built itself a rampart,
and heaped up silver like dust,
and gold like the dirt of the streets.
4 But now, the Lord will strip it of its possessions
and hurl its wealth into the sea,
and it shall be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it and be afraid;
Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
Ekron also, because its hopes are withered.
The king shall perish from Gaza;
Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
6 a mongrel people shall settle in Ashdod,
and I will make an end of the pride of Philistia.
7 I will take away its blood from its mouth,
and its abominations from between its teeth;
it too shall be a remnant for our God;
it shall be like a clan in Judah,
and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
8 Then I will encamp at my house as a guard,
so that no one shall march to and fro;
no oppressor shall again overrun them,
for now I have seen with my own eyes.
The king of peace
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war-horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
The Lord liberates dispersed Israelites and leads them home
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.
13 For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made Ephraim its arrow.
I will arouse your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior's sword.
14 Then the LORD will appear over them,
and his arrow go forth like lightning;
the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet
and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts will protect them,
and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;
they shall drink their blood like wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenched like the corners of the altar.
16 On that day the LORD their God will save them
for they are the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
17 For what goodness and beauty are his!
Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.
An admonition to consult the Lord for the weather
1 Ask rain from the LORD
in the season of the spring rain,
from the LORD who makes the storm clouds,
who gives showers of rain to you,
the vegetation in the field to everyone.
2 For the teraphim utter nonsense,
and the diviners see lies;
the dreamers tell false dreams,
and give empty consolation.
Therefore the people wander like sheep;
they suffer for lack of a shepherd.
The Lord brings Israel home
3 My anger is hot against the shepherds,
and I will punish the leaders;
for the LORD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
and will make them like his proud war-horse.
4 Out of them shall come the cornerstone,
out of them the tent peg,
out of them the battle bow,
out of them every commander.
5 Together they shall be like warriors in battle,
trampling the foe in the mud of the streets;
they shall fight, for the LORD is with them,
and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
6 I will strengthen the house of Judah,
and I will save the house of Joseph.
I will bring them back because I have compassion on them,
and they shall be as though I had not rejected them;
for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
7 Then the people of Ephraim shall become like warriors,
and their hearts shall be glad as with wine.
Their children shall see it and rejoice,
their hearts shall exult in the LORD.
8 I will signal for them and gather them in,
for I have redeemed them,
and they shall be as numerous as they were before.
9 Though I scattered them among the nations,
yet in far countries they shall remember me,
and they shall rear their children and return.
10 I will bring them home from the land of Egypt,
and gather them from Assyria;
I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon,
until there is no room for them.
11 They shall pass through the sea of distress,
and the waves of the sea shall be struck down,
and all the depths of the Nile dried up.
The pride of Assyria shall be laid low,
and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
12 I will make them strong in the LORD,
and they shall walk in his name,
says the LORD.
The fall of the tyrants
1 Open your doors, O Lebanon,
so that fire may devour your cedars!
2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
for the glorious trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan,
for the thick forest has been felled!
3 Listen, the wail of the shepherds,
for their glory is despoiled!
Listen, the roar of the lions,
for the thickets of the Jordan are destroyed!
The worthless shepherd
4 Thus said the LORD my God: Be a shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. 5
Those who buy them kill them and go unpunished; and those who sell them say,
"Blessed be the LORD, for I have become rich"; and their own shepherds have no
pity on them. 6 For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the
earth, says the LORD. I will cause them, every one, to fall each into the hand
of a neighbor, and each into the hand of the king; and they shall devastate
the earth, and I will deliver no one from their hand.
7 So, on behalf of the sheep merchants, I became the shepherd of the flock
doomed to slaughter. I took two staffs; one I named Favor, the other I named
Unity, and I tended the sheep. 8 In one month I disposed of the three
shepherds, for I had become impatient with them, and they also detested me. 9
So I said, "I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die; what is
to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and let those that are left devour the
flesh of one another!" 10 I took my staff Favor and broke it, annulling the
covenant that I had made with all the peoples. 11 So it was annulled on that
day, and the sheep merchants, who were watching me, knew that it was the word
of the LORD. 12 I then said to them, "If it seems right to you, give me my
wages; but if not, keep them." So they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels
of silver. 13 Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it into the treasury" – this
lordly price at which I was valued by them. So I took the thirty shekels of
silver and threw them into the treasury in the house of the LORD. 14 Then I
broke my second staff Unity, annulling the family ties between Judah and
15 Then the LORD said to me: Take once more the implements of a worthless
shepherd. 16 For I am now raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care
for the perishing, or seek the wandering, or heal the maimed, or nourish the
healthy, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
17 Oh, my worthless shepherd,
who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm
and his right eye!
Let his arm be completely withered,
his right eye utterly blinded!
The second burden; sayings about the coming Day of the Lord
1 The word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus says the LORD, who stretched
out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the human spirit within: 2
See, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling for all the surrounding
peoples; it will be against Judah also in the siege against Jerusalem. 3 On
that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift
it shall grievously hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth shall
come together against it. 4 On that day, says the LORD, I will strike every
horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But on the house of Judah I will
keep a watchful eye, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
5 Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, "The inhabitants of
Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God."
6 On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot on a pile of
wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour to the right
and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while Jerusalem shall again be
inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.
7 And the LORD will give victory to the tents of Judah first, that the glory
of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be
exalted over that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will shield the inhabitants
of Jerusalem so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David,
and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, at their
head. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come
10 And I will pour out a spirit of compassion and supplication on the house of
David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that, when they look on the one
whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only
child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. 11 On that
day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for
Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land shall mourn, each 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 and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their
wives by themselves.
1 On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
2 On that day, says the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols
from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and also I will
remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. 3 And if any
prophets appear again, their fathers and mothers who bore them will say to
them, "You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD"; and
their fathers and their mothers who bore them shall pierce them through when
they prophesy. 4 On that day the prophets will be ashamed, every one, of their
visions when they prophesy; they will not put on a hairy mantle in order to
deceive, 5 but each of them will say, "I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the
soil; for the land has been my possession since my youth." 6 And if anyone
asks them, "What are these wounds on your chest?" the answer will be "The
wounds I received in the house of my friends."
The stricken shepherd
7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is my associate,"
says the LORD of hosts.
Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
8 In the whole land, says the LORD,
two-thirds shall be cut off and perish,
and one-third shall be left alive.
9 And I will put this third into the fire,
refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, "They are my people";
and they will say, "The LORD is our God."
The final battle
1 See, a day is coming for the LORD, when the plunder taken from you will be
divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem
to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses looted and the women
raped; half the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not
be cut off from the city. 3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against
those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet
shall stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east;
and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide
valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other
half southward. 5 And you shall flee by the valley of the LORD's mountain, for
the valley between the mountains shall reach to Azal; and you shall flee as
you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the
LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
6 On that day there shall not be either cold or frost. 7 And there shall be
continuous day (it is known to the LORD), not day and not night, for at
evening time there shall be light.
8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the
eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it shall continue in summer
as in winter.
9 And the LORD will become king over all the earth; on that day the LORD will
be one and his name one.
10 The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of
Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of
Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the
Tower of Hananel to the king's wine presses. 11 And it shall be inhabited, for
never again shall it be doomed to destruction; Jerusalem shall abide in
12 This shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples
that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot while they are still on
their feet; their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot
in their mouths. 13 On that day a great panic from the LORD shall fall on
them, so that each will seize the hand of a neighbor, and the hand of the one
will be raised against the hand of the other; 14 even Judah will fight at
Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected –
gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15 And a plague like this
plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and
whatever animals may be in those camps.
16 Then all who survive of the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall
go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the
festival of booths. 17 If any of the families of the earth do not go up to
Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain upon
them. 18 And if the family of Egypt do not go up and present themselves, then
on them shall come the plague that the LORD inflicts on the nations that do
not go up to keep the festival of booths. 19 Such shall be the punishment of
Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to keep the
festival of booths.
20 On that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, "Holy to
the LORD." And the cooking pots in the house of the LORD shall be as holy as
the bowls in front of the altar; 21 and every cooking pot in Jerusalem and
Judah shall be sacred to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come
and use them to boil the flesh of the sacrifice. And there shall no longer be
traders in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.