1: In the eighth month, in the second year of
Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechari'ah the son of Berechi'ah, son of
Iddo, the prophet, saying,
2: "The LORD was very angry with your
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
4: Be not like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried
out, `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.
fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live for ever?
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did
they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, As the LORD of hosts
purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us."
7: On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month which is the month
of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechari'ah
the son of Berechi'ah, son of Iddo, the prophet; and Zechari'ah said,
8: "I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding upon 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,
`These are they whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.'
they answered the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees, `We
have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth remains at rest.'
12: Then the angel of the LORD said, `O LORD of hosts, how long wilt
thou have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which thou hast
had indignation these seventy years?'
13: And the LORD answered
gracious and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
the angel who talked with me said to me, `Cry out, Thus says the LORD of hosts:
I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion.
15: And I am
very angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little
they furthered the disaster.
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: Cry again, Thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall again
overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose
18: And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four
19: And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are
these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah,
Israel, and Jerusalem."
20: Then the LORD showed me four smiths.
21: And I said, "What are these coming to do?" He answered, "These
are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man raised his head; and these
have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who lifted up
their horns against the land of Judah to scatter it."
1: And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man
with a measuring line in his hand!
2: Then I said, "Where are you
going?" And he said to me, "To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its breadth and
what is its length."
3: And behold, 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 as villages
without walls, because of the multitude of men and cattle in it.
For I will be to her a wall of fire round about, says the LORD, and I will be
the glory within her.'"
6: Ho! ho! Flee from the land of the north,
says the LORD; for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens,
says the LORD.
7: Ho! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter
8: For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent
me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of
9: "Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall
become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the LORD of
hosts has sent me.
10: Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for lo,
I come and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the LORD.
many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my
people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the LORD
of hosts has sent me to you.
12: And the LORD will inherit Judah as
his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem."
Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy
1: Then he showed me Joshua the high priest
standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to
2: And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O
Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked
from the fire?"
3: Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed
with filthy garments.
4: And the angel said to those who were
standing before him, "Remove the filthy garments from him." And to him he said,
"Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with
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 garments; and
the angel of the LORD was standing by.
6: And the angel of the LORD
7: "Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in
my ways and keep my charge, 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
8: Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who
sit before you, for they are men of good omen: behold, I will bring my servant
9: For behold, upon the stone which I have set before
Joshua, upon 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
10: In that day, says the LORD of hosts, every one of you will
invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree."
1: And the angel who talked with me came again, and
waked me, like a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
2: And he said
to me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold,
with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of
the lamps which are on the top of it.
3: And there are two olive
trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."
4: And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my
5: Then the angel who talked with me answered me, "Do you not
know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."
6: Then he said to me,
"This is the word of the LORD to Zerub'babel: Not by might, nor by power, but by
my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
7: What are you, O great mountain?
Before Zerub'babel you shall become a plain; and he shall bring forward the top
stone amid shouts of `Grace, grace to it!'"
8: Moreover the word of
the LORD came to me, saying,
9: "The hands of Zerub'babel 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 Zerub'babel. "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 are
beside the two golden pipes from which the oil is poured out?"
said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."
14: Then he said, "These are the two anointed who stand by the Lord
of the whole earth."
1: Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a
2: And he said to me, "What do you see?" I answered,
"I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its breadth ten
3: Then he said to me, "This is the curse that goes out over
the face of the whole land; for every one who steals shall be cut off henceforth
according to it, and every one who swears falsely shall be cut off henceforth
according to it.
4: I will send it forth, says the LORD of hosts, and
it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of him who swears falsely
by my name; and it shall abide in his house and consume it, both timber and
5: Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said
to me, "Lift your eyes, and see what this is that goes forth."
I said, "What is it?" He said, "This is the ephah that goes forth." And he said,
"This is their iniquity in all the land."
7: And behold, the leaden
cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the ephah!
he said, "This is Wickedness." And he thrust her back into the ephah, and thrust
down the leaden weight upon its mouth.
9: Then I lifted my eyes and
saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings; they had
wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah between earth and
10: Then I said to the angel who talked with me, "Where are
they taking the ephah?"
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 ephah down
there on its base."
1: And again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold,
four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were
mountains of bronze.
2: The first chariot had red horses, the second
3: the third 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: And the angel answered me, "These are
going forth to the four winds of heaven, 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 to
me, "Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in
the north country."
9: And the word of the LORD came to me:
10: "Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobi'jah, and Jedai'ah, who have
arrived from Babylon; and go the same day to the house of Josi'ah, the son of
11: Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and
set it upon the head of Joshua, the son of Jehoz'adak, the high priest;
12: and say to him, `Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, the man
whose name is the Branch: for he shall grow up in his place, and he shall build
the temple of the LORD.
13: It is he who shall build the temple of
the LORD, and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule upon his throne.
And there shall be a priest by his throne, and peaceful understanding shall be
between them both."'
14: And the crown shall be in the temple of the
LORD as a reminder to Heldai, Tobi'jah, Jedai'ah, and Josi'ah the son of
15: "And 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. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of
the LORD your God."
1: In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of
the LORD came to Zechari'ah in the fourth day of the ninth month, which is
2: Now the people of Bethel had sent Share'zer and
Reg'em-mel'ech and their men, to entreat the favor of the LORD,
and to ask the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts and the prophets,
"Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?"
4: Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me;
to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in
the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that
6: And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat
for yourselves and drink for yourselves?
7: When Jerusalem was
inhabited and in prosperity, with her cities round about her, and the South and
the lowland were inhabited, were not these the words which the LORD proclaimed
by the former prophets?"
8: And the word of the LORD came to
9: "Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true
judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother,
10: do not
oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor; and let none of
you devise evil against his brother in your heart."
11: But they
refused to hearken, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears that
they might not hear.
12: They made their hearts like adamant lest
they should hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by his
Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from the LORD of
13: "As I called, and they would not hear, so they called, and
I would not hear," says the LORD of hosts,
14: "and I scattered them
with a whirlwind among all the nations which they had not known. Thus the land
they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land
was made desolate."
1: And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me,
2: "Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with
great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.
says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem,
and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of
hosts, 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
for very 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: If
it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in these days, should
it also be marvelous in my sight, says the LORD of hosts?
says 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 to dwell in the midst
of Jerusalem; and 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 who in these days have been hearing these words
from the mouth of the prophets, since the day that the foundation of the house
of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither
was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in; for I set
every man against his fellow.
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, and the ground shall give its increase, and the heavens shall give their
dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
13: And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O
house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you and you shall be a
blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
14: For thus says
the LORD of hosts: "As I purposed to do evil to you, when your fathers provoked
me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the LORD of hosts,
again have I purposed in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of
Judah; fear not.
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
17: do not devise evil in your hearts against one another,
and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, says the LORD."
18: And 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 to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts;
therefore love truth and peace.
20: "Thus says the LORD of hosts:
Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities;
inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, `Let us go at once to
entreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I 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.
says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue
shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, `Let us go with you, for we have
heard that God is with you.'"
1: An Oracle The word of the LORD is against the
land of Hadrach and will rest upon Damascus. For to the LORD belong the cities
of Aram, even as all the tribes of Israel;
2: Hamath also, which
borders thereon, Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
has built herself a rampart, and heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the
dirt of the streets.
4: But lo, the Lord will strip her of her
possessions and hurl her wealth into the sea, and she shall be devoured by fire.
5: Ash'kelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza too, and shall writhe
in anguish; Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded. The king shall perish
from Gaza; Ash'kelon shall be uninhabited;
6: a mongrel people shall
dwell in Ashdod; and I will make an end of the pride of Philistia.
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 Jeb'usites.
8: Then I will encamp at my
house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro; no oppressor shall again
overrun them, for now I see with my own eyes.
9: Rejoice greatly, O
daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to
you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the
foal of an ass.
10: I will cut off the chariot from E'phraim 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.
11: As for you also, because of
the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your captives free from the
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 E'phraim its arrow. I will brandish your sons,
O Zion, over 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; and 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
17: Yea, how good and how fair it shall be! Grain shall make
the young men flourish, and new wine the maidens.
1: Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the
spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, who gives men showers of
rain, to every one the vegetation in the field.
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 are
afflicted for want of a shepherd.
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 steed in battle.
4: Out of them shall come the cornerstone, out of them the tent peg,
out of them the battle bow, out of them every ruler.
5: Together they
shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets;
they shall fight because the LORD is with them, and they shall confound 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 E'phraim shall become like
a mighty warrior, and their hearts shall be glad as with wine. Their children
shall see it and rejoice, their hearts shall exult in the LORD.
will signal for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they
shall be as many as of old.
9: Though I scattered them among the
nations, yet in far countries they shall remember me, and with their children
they shall live and return.
10: I will bring them home from the land
of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria; and I will bring them to the land of
Gilead and to Lebanon, till there is no room for them.
11: They shall
pass through the sea of Egypt, and the waves of the sea shall be smitten, 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 glory in his name," says the LORD.
1: Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the 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
3: Hark, the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is
despoiled! Hark, the roar of the lions, for the jungle of the Jordan is laid
4: Thus said the LORD my God: "Become shepherd of the flock
doomed to slaughter.
5: Those who buy them slay them and go
unpunished; and those who sell them say, `Blessed be the LORD, 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 this land, says the LORD. Lo, I will
cause men to fall each into the hand of his shepherd, and each into the hand of
his king; and they shall crush the earth, and I will deliver none from their
7: So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slain
for those who trafficked in the sheep. And I took two staffs; one I named Grace,
the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.
8: In one month I
destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also
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: And I took my
staff Grace, and I broke it, annulling the covenant which I had made with all
11: So it was annulled on that day, and the traffickers
in the sheep, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
12: Then I said to them, "If it seems right to you, give me my wages;
but if not, keep them." And they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of
13: Then the LORD said to me, "Cast it into the treasury" --
the lordly price at which I was paid off by them. So I took the thirty shekels
of silver and cast them into the treasury in the house of the LORD.
14: Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood
between Judah and Israel.
15: Then the LORD said to me, "Take once
more the implements of a worthless shepherd.
16: For lo, I am 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 sound, but devours the flesh of
the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
17: Woe to my worthless
shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword smite his arm and his right eye!
Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!"
1: An Oracle The word of the LORD concerning
Israel: Thus says the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth
and formed the spirit of man within him:
2: "Lo, I am about to make
Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the peoples round about; 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 will come together against it.
4: On that day, says the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic,
and its rider with madness. But upon the house of Judah I will open my eyes,
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 in the midst of wood, like a
flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour to the right and to the left
all the peoples round about, while Jerusalem shall still 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.
that day the LORD will put a shield about 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.
on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10: "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication, so that, when they look on
him 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 first-born.
11: On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the
mourning for Hadadrim'mon in the plain of Megid'do.
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 Shim'e-ites 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 there shall be a fountain opened
for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin
2: "And 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
3: And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and
mother who bore him will say to him, `You shall not live, for you speak lies in
the name of the LORD'; and his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him
through when he prophesies.
4: On that day every prophet will be
ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in
order to deceive,
5: but he will say, `I am no prophet, I am a tiller
of the soil; for the land has been my possession since my youth.'
And if one asks him, `What are these wounds on your back?' he will say, `The
wounds I received in the house of my friends.'"
7: "Awake, O sword,
against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me," 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, and 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 my God.'"
1: Behold, a day of the LORD is coming, when the
spoil taken from you will be divided in the midst of you.
2: For I
will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be
taken and the houses plundered and the women ravished; half of 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
5: And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for
the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as
you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzzi'ah king of Judah. Then the LORD
your God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
6: On that day
there shall be neither cold nor 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 upon its
site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner
Gate, and from the Tower of Han'anel to the king's wine presses.
And it shall be inhabited, for there shall be no more curse; Jerusalem shall
dwell in security.
12: And this shall be the plague with which the
LORD will smite 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: And on that
day a great panic from the LORD shall fall on them, so that each will lay hold
on the hand of his fellow, and the hand of the one will be raised against the
hand of the other;
14: even Judah will fight against Jerusalem. And
the wealth of all the nations round about 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 asses, and whatever beasts may be
in those camps.
16: Then every one that survives of all 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 feast of booths.
17: And 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 upon them shall come
the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up 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 to keep the feast of booths.
20: And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the
horses, "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 sacred to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and
take of them and boil the flesh of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no
longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.