ZECHARIAH CHAPTER TWELVE
1 This is God‘s word concerning Israel.
The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who
Places the earth’s foundation, and who forms
Man’s spirit in him, says: 2 “I’m going to
Make for Jerusalem a cup that sends
Surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will
Suffer a siege, as will Jerusalem.
3 On that day, when earth’s lands combine against
Her, I will make Jerusalem a rock,
Immovable, for all the nations. Those
Who try to move it will impair themselves.
4 On that day I will strike each horse with panic,
Its rider with insanity,” declares
The LORD. “I’ll keep a watchful eye upon
The house of Judah, but I’ll blind the horses
Of nations. 5 Judah‘s leaders will then say within
Their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem
Are strong, because the LORD Almighty is
Their God.’ 6 “On that day I will make the leaders
Of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile,
Much like a flaming torch among the sheaves.
To right and left they will consume the peoples
Around them, but Jerusalem will stay
Intact in her place. 7 “God will save the dwellings
Of Judah first, so that the honor of
The house of David and Jerusalem’s
Inhabitants may not be greater than
Judah‘s. 8 On that day will the LORD shield those
Residing in Jerusalem, so that
The weakest in their midst will be like David,
And David’s house will be like God, yes, like
The Angel of the LORD who goes before
Them. 9 On that day I will set out to ruin
The nations that attack Jerusalem.
10 “And I will pour out on the house of David
And on Jerusalem’s inhabitants
A spirit, one of grace and supplication.
They’ll look on me, the one whom they have pierced,
And they will mourn for him as one who mourns
An only child, and they’ll grieve bitterly
For him they way one grieves a firstborn son.
11 On that day weeping in Jerusalem
Will be enormous, like the weeping of
Hadad Rimmon in the Megiddo plain.
12 The land will mourn, each clan all by itself,
Their wives all by themselves: the clan for house
Of David and their wives, the clan of house
Of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of house
Of Levi and their wives, Shimei’s clan,
Their wives, 14 the other clans, their wives, as planned.