Zechariah

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians
A prophecy about JeruSalem, concerning the need to restore true worship there.
It was was written somewhere between 560 and 539-BCE.

Chapter 1

1 It was in the eighth month in the second year [of the reign] of Darius that the Word of Jehovah came to ZechariAh (the son of BarachiAh and grandson of IdDo) the Prophet and said:

2 'The Lord was provoked by your fathers,
And [driven] into great rage;
3 So, tell them that thus says Jehovah of Armies:
Turn to Me, says Jehovah of Armies,
And then, I'll turn back to you.

4 'Do not become like your fathers╔
Those whom the Prophets accused.
For they came beforehand and warned them╔
They said that Jehovah of Armies,
Had told them to turn from their wicked ways,
And from the bad things they were doing.
But, they just paid no attention,
And they wouldn't listen to Me
, says Jehovah.

5 'Now, where are your fathers and where are those Prophets╔
Have they lived into this age?

6 You have My words and My Law;
Yes, all that I sent by My Spirit,
Through My servants the Prophets╔
Those who were seized by your fathers.

'For they gave this reply to [the Prophets]:
Whatever Jehovah of Armies had planned,
Because of our sins and our evil ways,
Has been fulfilled already, upon us!'

7 Well, it was on the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month (the month of Shebat), in the second year [of the reign] of Darius, that the Word of Jehovah came to ZechariAh (the son of BarachiAh and grandson of IdDo) the Prophet. And this [is how ZechariAh described what he saw]:

8 During the night, I looked up and saw a man who was riding a red horse. He was standing in the shade between the mountains, and behind him were red horses with white spots. 9 And I asked, 'What are these, O Lord?' And [God's] messenger (the person who was speaking to me) replied,
'I will show you what all these things mean.'

10 Then the man who was standing in the midst of the mountains spoke to me and said:
'These [men] were sent by Jehovah,
To travel about in the land.'

11 And at that, those who were standing between the mountains said to the messenger of Jehovah:
'We have traveled throughout the whole land,
And {Look!} the land is now tranquil and filled.'

12 And the messenger of Jehovah said:
'O Jehovah of Armies;
How long will you fail to show mercy,
On JeruSalem and the cities of Judah?
For, this is the seventieth year of Your rage.'

13 And the Lord replied to the messenger:
'You, the one who is speaking to Me;
Bring him good words that bring comfort.'

14 Then the messenger spoke to me and said:
'Now, shout aloud; for, thus says Jehovah the Almighty:
I have a great zeal for JeruSalem╔
Over Zion, I feel very zealous!
15 And I've been provoked by the nations,
Because they have joined to attack you.

'But, though you people provoked Me,
They have planned an attack for bad [reasons].
16 And because of this,
said the Lord,
On JeruSalem, I will feel mercy,
And My Temple will then be rebuilt there,

Says Jehovah of Armies.
And I'll stretch out a line on JeruSalem.'

17 [Then the messenger then told me]:
'So, shout aloud once again!
For Jehovah of Armies said this:
To your cities, I am now sending good things;
For the Lord will show mercy on Zion,
Since JeruSalem is the one that he chose!'

18 Then I raised my eyes and I looked, and what I saw was four trumpets 19 So I asked the messenger (the one who was speaking to me), 'What are these, O Lord?'

And he replied:
'These are the trumpets╔
The ones that sent scattering to Judah,
And IsraEl and JeruSalem.'

20 Then the Lord showed me four workers. 21 So I asked, 'What have these come to do?'

And he replied to Me, saying:
'Since those trumpets sent scattering of Judah,
And a breaking upon IsraEl,
So that no one could then raise their heads;
They will bring these trumpets down with their hands╔
These horns which the nations have raised,
To scatter the land of Jehovah.'

Chapter 2

1 Then I raised My eyes and I saw a man; and in his hand was the string of a surveyor. 2 So I asked him, 'Where are you going?'

And he said:
'I will use it to measure JeruSalem╔
To determine its length and its width.'

3 Well at that point, {Look!} the messenger who was speaking to me stopped, and another of [God's] messengers came to meet him. 4 And he said:
'Tell him that JeruSalem,
Will be lived in again╔
Within her, there'll be crowds of cattle and men.

5 'And [tell him] that Jehovah says this:
I'll be a wall of fire to surround her,
As well as the glory within her
.

6 So now, flee from the land of the north, says Jehovah;
For I'll gather you from the four winds, said the Lord.
7 Then, you must run back to Zion╔
You who are living among Babylon's daughters.
'

8 Then [the messenger said]:
'By Jehovah, I was sent to the nations,
So that I might bring back your glory,
Among all of those who had sacked you.
For, those who have chosen to touch you,
Have touched the pupil of [God's] eye.

9 'So {Look!} against them, I'll now raise my hand,
And they will become the spoils,
Of the ones who had once been their slaves.
And then, you surely will know,
I was sent by Jehovah, the Almighty.

10 'So be glad and rejoice, O daughter of Zion;
For, I will come and camp in your midst,' said the Lord.
11 'And in that day, many nations,
Will come here looking for refuge
Among Jehovah and His people.

'Then, I will camp in your midst,
And you'll know that Jehovah the Almighty,
Was the [One] who sent me to you.

12 'Judah will be His inheritance again
(His portion within His holy land),
And His chosen will be JeruSalem.
13 So all flesh must now bow to Jehovah;
For, from His holy cloud, He's awakened.'

Chapter 3

1 Then the Lord showed me JoShua (gr. Jesus) the High Priest. And standing before him was the messenger of Jehovah╔ but the Slanderer was standing to his right and serving as an enemy against him.

2 Then [the messenger] of Jehovah said to the Slanderer:
'O Slanderer;
May Jehovah send His reproach upon you╔
May the Lord who chose JeruSalem,
Speak condemnation against you!

'Doesn't [Joshua now look like] an ember,
Which has been snatched from the fire?'

3 Well, JoShua was wearing filthy clothes as he was standing there in front of [God's] messenger. 4 Then the messenger said to those who were standing before him:
'Remove all of his filthy clothes!'
Then he said:
'{Look!} And after you've removed all that's dirty;
In a full-length robe, you must dress him!'

5 Then he said:
'Dress him in the official [robes of a Priest],
And on his head, you must place a clean turban!'

So they dressed him in the official [garments], placed a clean turban on his head, and wrapped the [official] robe around him.

6 And thereafter, the messenger of Jehovah stood there and testified to JoShua saying,
7 'Thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
If you will walk in My ways,
And keep strict watch on My orders,
I'll [put you in charge of] My [Temple],
And to keep watch on My courtyard.
Then I'll give you [guards] who will pace,
Between other [guards] who'll stand still
.

8 'O JoShua, the High Priest, hear this╔
Yes, you and your neighbors that are sitting before you!
For these men [will serve as] observers of signs;
They'll [sit and] watch as I give to My servant,
Something that will lift him much higher!
9 For I'll place a stone before JoShua's face,
And on this stone, there will be seven eyes.

'Look! Then, I will dig [out a courtyard],'
Says Jehovah the Almighty,
'And from there, I will [wipe out] injustice╔
In a day, I'll wipe injustice away,
Everywhere throughout the whole land.

10 'And then, in that day,' says Jehovah;
'Each one will call to his neighbors and brothers,
From under his grapevines and fig trees.'

Chapter 4

1 Then the messenger who was speaking to me returned and woke me up in the same way as you would wake up a man who'd been sleeping. 2 Then he asked me: 'Now, what do you see?'

And I replied: 'Well when I looked, I saw a gold lampstand and a bowl of oil╔ there were seven lamps on [the stand] and seven oil funnels for the seven lamps. 3 There were also two olive trees╔ one was on the right of its bowl, and the other was on its left side.'

4 So I asked the messenger who was speaking to me: 'What are these things, O Lord?'

5 And the messenger who was speaking to me replied:
'Don't you know what all these things are?'

And I answered: 'No, O my Lord.'

6 Then he told me:
'They're the words of Jehovah to ZerubBabel,
And you must say this to him:
Not by strength or great power;
But, just by My Breath,
Says Jehovah the Almighty.

7 'So, who are you, O great mountains,
To stand before ZerubBabel's face?
For, he will bring forth the chief cornerstone,
Upon which, He will show favor.'

8 Then the Word of Jehovah came to Me and said:
9 'ZerubBabel's hands that laid the foundation,
Will also be the hands that complete it.
Then you'll know that Jehovah the Almighty,
Was the One who sent Me to you.

10 'For, those who've despised the days of small things,
Will rejoice when they see the stone plumb bob,
Held in of ZerubBabel's hands╔
The stone with the eyes of Jehovah,
That look upon all the lands.'

11 Then I asked him: 'But what [is the meaning] of the two olive trees╔ the one to the right of the lampstand and the one on its left?'

12 And I asked him again (a second time): 'What are these two branches of trees that are next to the handles of gold that are used to do pouring and the gold funnels?'

13 Then he spoke and asked:
'Don't you know what they are?'

And I replied: 'No, O Lord.'

14 And he said:
'These are two sons of the faith (or possibly anointed ones),
Who stand beside the Lord of the earth.'

Chapter 5

1 Then I turned and raised my eyes and saw what looked like a flying sickle. 2 And he asked me: 'Now, what do you see?'

And I replied: 'I see a flying sickle╔ it's twenty forearms long and ten forearms wide!'

3 Then he told me:
'This is the curse╔
The one that will go 'cross the face of the earth.
One side brings death to all thieves,
And the other, to all who would lie in a trial.

4 'For Jehovah, the Almighty, says this:
I will [soon] send it forth╔
I'll send it to thieves who would enter My House,
And to those who would swear false oaths by My Name.
It will enter their houses,
And it will wipe them away╔
Along with the woodwork and stones [in their homes].'

5 Then the messenger who was speaking to me came up to me and said:
'Now, raise your eyes and see what is coming!'

6 And I asked him: 'What is it?'

And he said:
'What's coming is the measuring basket,
Which will measure the land's unrighteous ways.
7 And look! I have here, a measure of lead.
And look! There's a woman in [that basket]!'

8 Then he said:
'This [lead] is their lawless ways!'

And at that, he threw [the lead] at the basket, and it fell into the woman's mouth.

9 Then I raised my eyes and I saw two more women coming. Both had wings that were like those of a hoopoe, which were filled with the wind. Then they grabbed the basket and lifted it between the land and the sky.

10 So I asked the messenger who was speaking to me: 'Where are they taking the basket?'

11 And he told me:
'They're taking it to the land of Babylon,
Where they'll use it to prepare a Temple,
Which they'll put in a place they've prepared there.'

Chapter 6

1 Then I turned and raised my eyes and I saw four chariots coming from between two mountains╔ mountains that were made of brass! 2 The first chariot [that I saw] was pulled by red horses, the second was pulled by black horses, 3 the third was pulled by white horses, and the fourth was pulled by horses that were spotted dapple gray.

4 So I spoke to the messenger and asked him (this one who was speaking to me): 'What are these, O my Lord?'

5 And the messenger who was speaking to me replied:
'These are the four winds of the heavens,
And they're going to stand next to the Lord of the earth.
6 The black ones will go to the land of the north;
The white ones will follow behind them;
And the spotted are going to the land of the south.'

7 Then the dapple-gray ones left, and they went to travel around the whole earth. For he told them:
'Go and travel around the whole earth!'
So they went and traveled throughout all the lands [of the earth].

8 Then he yelled out to me and said:
'Look! The ones that are going to the land of the north,
Have brought rest to My rage in the north.'

9 Then the Word of Jehovah came to me and said:
10 'Take [silver and gold] from the rulers,
As well as from those who are wealthy,
And from those who have greater knowledge!
[You will find them] in the house of JosiAh (son of ZephaniAh),
Who's just returned from Babylon.

11 'Then, with the silver and gold, make a crown,
And place it upon JoShua's head
(The son of JoZadek, the High Priest).
12 And tell him that thus says Jehovah:

'{Look!} There's a male whose name is The Sprout,
And he will grow from below,
To rebuild the House of Jehovah.

13 'Then, he will receive all the greatness he needs,
To sit and rule from his throne.
For there'll be a Priest on [God's throne],
And there'll be peace and purpose between [those two roles].

14 'This crown will remain [in the Temple],
As a reminder to those who showed recognition,
And favor to the son of ZephaniAh╔
This will serve as a psalm in the House of the Lord.

15 'And from far away will come those,
Who'll rebuild the [Temple] of Jehovah.
Then you'll know that to you, I was sent,
By the Almighty Jehovah.
And all who hear this will [wish],
That they'd paid much closer attention,
To the voice of Jehovah, their God.'

Chapter 7

1 It was in the fourth year of [the reign] of King Darius, on the fourth day of the ninth month (which is Chislev), that the Word of Jehovah came to ZechariAh. 2 For the king had sent SherEzar (as well as Regem and his men) to BethEl to atone [for their sins] before Jehovah. 3 Then they said to the Priests of the [Temple] of Jehovah the Almighty and to the Prophets: 'The holy offering has been brought here again in this fifth month, as it has for a good number of years now.'

4 Then the Word of Jehovah of Armies came to me and said:
5 'Speak to the people throughout the land,
And to all of the Priests,
Then tell them [that thus says Jehovah]:

'In the fifth and seventh months, you have fasted,
And you've beat on your chests for seventy years;
But, during all of this fasting,
Were you indeed fasting to Me?
6 For, when you are eating and drinking,
Aren't you eating and drinking just for yourselves?

7 'Aren't these the same words that Jehovah once spoke,
By the [mouths] of the Prophets,
When JeruSalem was being so [blest]╔
When people lived here in her cities,
As well as in her mountains and plains?'

8 And thereafter, the Word of Jehovah came to ZechariAh and said, 9 'Jehovah the Almighty said this:
I told them to give righteous judgments╔
To show mercy and compassion to their brothers╔
10 Not to tyrannize orphans or widows,
Or the needy, or the foreign peoples.
And no matter what harm their brothers may do;
In their hearts, they must not hold grudges.
11 But, they resisted and paid no attention╔
They turned their backs and just ranted,
Covering their ears, so they couldn't hear.

12 'They set their hearts to resist My persuasion;
To My Laws, they chose not to listen,
Or to the rest of the words that came from their Lord,
Through God's Breath by the hands of the Prophets
(Those whom he'd sent to tell what would happen);
So the rage of the Lord came upon them.

13 'It's the same as what I told them before:
When they refused to listen to Me,
I would not listen when they called to Me,

Said the Almighty Jehovah.

14 'So among the nations, I threw them
(Nations that they didn't know).
And the land they came from was then wiped away,
So they could never return╔
They'd ordered extinction upon their choice land.
'

Chapter 8

1 Then The Word of Jehovah the Almighty came to me and said:
2 'I've shown zeal for Zion and JeruSalem╔
In My rage, I've been jealous for them,
3 said Jehovah.
But to Zion, I will now return,
And in JeruSalem's midst, I will camp;
Then it will be called, The City of Truth,
And The Holy Mountain of Jehovah, the Almighty.

4 'And after that, Jehovah the Almighty told me to say this:
Old men and women will once again sit,
In JeruSalem's squares,
Each with their canes in their hands╔
For, they will have lived many days.
5 And the city will also be filled,
With boys and girls who will play in her squares.

6 'And Jehovah the Almighty said this:
Couldn't this have happened to those who remained╔
To those who were left in your days? No!
But, is this something that I cannot do,

Asks Jehovah, the Almighty? No!

7 'For thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
{Look!} I'll [return] My people from the lands in the east,
And from the lands in the west.
8 Yes, I will bring them all back,
And in JeruSalem's midst, they will camp.
Then, they will again be My people,
And in truth and righteousness, I'll be their God.

9 'Thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
O you who would listen during these days;
Strengthen your hands [to follow] the words,
Which have come from the mouths of the Prophets.
For [they've been the same] since My Temple was founded,
And the day that My Temple was built╔
10 Back when their wages bought nothing,
And nothing was paid for in cattle.

'For those who entered and those who went out,
There was only affliction, not peace;
And against their neighbors, I turned every man.

11 'But, I won't treat the few [who remain]
As I did to them in the past,

Says Jehovah, the Almighty.

12 'Rather, I will send peaceful times;
The grapevines will then produce fruit,
The land will yield its abundance,
And the sky will bring forth its dew╔
I'll bring this to those who remain.

13 'And as for you, O house of Judah;
Though you were a curse among nations,
I'll send salvation to you,
And you'll be a blessing once more.
But, [you must now] be courageous,
And you must strengthen your hands!

14 'Thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
Though I once thought to bring evil upon you,
Because your fathers provoked Me to rage
(And since then, I haven't relented),

Says Jehovah, the Almighty;
15 I've reconsidered and I am now ready,
To do good for those living in Judah,
And for those who live in JeruSalem╔
So, you must now be courageous!

16 'And these are the things you must do:
You must each speak truth to your neighbors;
You must make decisions that bring about peace;
And justice must be returned to your gates!

17 'Against your neighbors, you must not consider,
Doing any evil that is in your hearts╔
And do not love lying oaths!
For, I detest all such things,

Says Jehovah, the Almighty.

18 Then the Word of Jehovah came to me and said:
19 'You must fast in the fourth and fifth months,
And fast in the seventh and tenth.
Then to Judah, I'll bring joy and gladness,
And you'll carry good things to your holiday feasts.
You'll all be glad, for then there'll be truth╔
There'll be peace and love [throughout the land].

20 'For, thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
Many peoples will then come among you,
And there'll be many cities where they can dwell.
21 Then, in those cities they will gather and say:
Let's go beg before the face of the Lord╔
Let's seek the face of Jehovah╔
Yes, we will all go, even me!

22 'To JeruSalem, these peoples and nations will come,
Seeking the face of Jehovah,
And to beg there before Him.

23 'Thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
In those days, ten men from all nations and tongues,
Will come to grab hold of the hem of each Jew,
And this is what they will say:
We all want to come with you,
Because, we've heard God is with you!'

Chapter 9

1 'This is a proclamation╔ it's the word of Jehovah against the land of HadRach, and against [the city of] Damascus where they offer sacrifices [to him]. For Jehovah examines all men (not just the tribes of IsraEl). 2 [This proclamation is also] for HamAth, as well as Sidon and Tyre, since all their people have the same mindset.

3 'Tyre made a fortress out of herself╔
She treasured up silver like dust,
And gathered gold like mud in the streets.
4 So, by Jehovah, she will be owned.
He'll strike down her power over the seas,
And she will be burned in a fire.

5 'Then, AshKelon will see this and fear,
And Gaza will also be grieved.
To EkRon, her errors will bring her much shame,
And her kings will then perish from Gaza.

'None will be living in AshKelon,
6 And foreign peoples will then live in AshDod;
For, the insolence of the Philistines,
I will soon wipe away╔
7 I'll remove all the blood from their mouths,
And the disgusting things in their teeth.

'They'll leave their things for your God,
And submit to a Judean general.
Then the things that came to the Jebusi,
Is the same as will come upon EkRon.

8 '[For Jehovah said:]
Then I'll stand in My [Temple] high in the heights,
And I will not leave it again.
No way, will [armies] march on it;
For My eyes will then be keeping watch.

9 'So rejoice, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, you daughters of JeruSalem!
For {Look!} your king will be coming to you╔
The righteous one, who's your savior.

'He is [someone who's] gentle,
And on a beast of burden, he'll come╔
Yes, even upon a young foal!

10 'Ephraim's chariots, he will destroy,
As well as JeruSalem's horses.
He'll destroy [all the weapons] of warfare╔
From the nations, he'll send an abundance and peace.
Then he'll rule to the waters of the [great] sea,
From the rivers and passes throughout your land.

11 'Then, by his blood of My Sacred Agreement,
From dry pits, he will ransom your captives╔
12 Those who were captives, he'll settle in forts;
And for each day they'd [been held captives],
He will repay them with double.

13 'O Judah; I've held you tight to myself╔
[Yes, as tight] as you'd hold a bow.

'So, Ephraim will be complete once again,
And I'll wake up your children, O Zion,
Against the sons of the Greeks╔
Like a warrior's sword, I will use them.

14 'Then Jehovah will be seen as your leader,
And he'll [shoot] His arrows like lightning.
By the Lord Jehovah, a trumpet will blow,
Which will send intimidation upon them.

15 'For Jehovah the Almighty will serve as your shield,
As you bring [destruction] upon them.
Upon them, your [sons] will heap sling stones,
And they'll drink their blood as though wine╔
Like basins for the Altar, their bowls will be filled.

16 'In that day, Jehovah will be called your God,
And He'll save the sheep of His people╔
They'll be like [gems] in His land.

17 'And for all of His that are found to be good,
And for all who are found to be fair;
Young men will then receive all their grain,
And there'll be fragrant wine for the virgins.'

Chapter 10

1 'Ask Jehovah for each season's rains
(Both the early and late rains);
For Jehovah will do what's fantastic╔
To all their pastures and fields,
He will send winter rains.

2 'Those declaring big things, just bring trouble,
And those who have visions are seeing what's false╔
They speak of false dreams and offer no comfort.
So [my people now wander] like sheep╔
They're ill and they haven't been healed.

3 'So [God's] rage was provoked by those shepherds;
And now, He'll visit His lambs.
Yes, Jehovah God the Almighty,
Will visit the house of Judah (His flock).

'And as He has done to His handsome horse,
He'll give them orders for war╔
4 He will look [down] upon them,
And in His rage, He'll order a bow.

'He will send [armies] against them,
5 And their warriors will tread mud in battle.
For Jehovah will [bless] the attack,
And their cavalry will meet with disgrace.

6 'But the house of Judah, I'll strengthen;
And house of JoSeph, I'll save╔
Because I love them, I'll save them,
And they'll be as before I disowned them.
Because I am Jehovah their God,
I'll pay attention to them!

7 'Then they'll be like Ephraim's soldiers╔
They'll rejoice in their hearts as with wine.
They'll look at their children in joy,
And rejoice in their hearts over their Lord.

8 'I'll give them a sign and accept them╔
I'll pay their ransom and then they will grow,
To be as many as they'd been before.
9 Then I'll plant them among all the peoples,
And I'll be remembered by those far away.

10 'They'll return and nourish their children╔
From the land of Egypt, I'll take them;
And from Assyria, I'll bring them back also.
Then to Gilead and Lebanon, I'll send them,
And none will be left behind (no, not one)!

11 'Through the narrows of the sea, they will march;
For, they will strike the sea's waves,
And the rivers will dry to their depths.

'Then the insolence of Assyria will vanish,
And Egypt's scepter will then be removed.

12 'In Jehovah, their God, I will make them strong╔
And about His Name, they will boast,' said the Lord.

Chapter 11

1 'O Lebanon; open your doors,
And let fire devour all your cedars!
2 Then, all the pine trees will shriek,
Because the cedars have fallen╔
Yes, misery will come to your great ones.

'And howl, O you oaks of BaShan!
For the groves where you're planted will all be cut down.

3 'There's the sound of the wailing of shepherds,
Because their greatness is gone.
There's the sound of the roaring of lions,
For, no one's keeping watch at the Jordan.

4 'Thus says Jehovah, the Almighty:
Tend the sheep for the slaughter╔
5 Those that were bought by the butcher╔
And those who have not repented.
For, those who sold them have said:
Praise the Lord, because we've gained wealth!
And their shepherds have suffered no loss.

6 'So, I will not spare those who live here,' said the Lord.
'{Look!} To his neighbor, I'll hand every man,
And into the hands of his king.
Then, they will divide up their land,
And from their hands, I'll not save them.

7 'Then, in CanaAn's land, I will tend them╔
All these sheep for the slaughter.

'And I'll take two sticks for myself;
The first one, I will call Beauty,
And the other, I'll call Measured Land╔
And then, I will tend all these sheep.

8 'In the first month, I'll take the three shepherds,
And my soul will be heavy against them;
For their souls have roared out against me!

9 'So I told them that won't watch over them╔
I'll let those that are dying just die,
And those that are failing just fail╔
And let the rest eat the flesh of their neighbors!

10 'Then I'll take my stick (the one [I called] Beauty),
And I will throw it away,
To erase [His] Agreement with them.
11 It'll be erased in that day.
And those in CanaAn who have guarded my sheep,
Will know that I am The Word of the Lord.

12 'And then, I'll tell them to do,
Whatever they find to be good╔
Yes, pay my wage or forbid it!
So, they established my wage╔
It was thirty pieces of silver.'

13 Then the Lord said to me:
'Now, throw it into the [Temple]╔
But check to make sure that the [coins] are all pure;
For, this is my [value] before them.'

So [he'll] take the thirty pieces of silver
And throw them into [God's] Temple.

14 'That's when my second stick will be thrown
(The one that I called Measured Land),
For I'll wipe away IsraEl and Judah,
From [the land] that they've [always] owned.'

15 And the Lord said to Me:
'Now, gather a shepherd's tools for yourself╔
The tools of one that's unqualified.
16 For {Look!} against the land, I'm sending a shepherd╔
One who won't visit the [weak],
And one who won't search for the scattered.
Those who are broken, he will not heal,
And those who are well, he won't lead.
He will just [break] all their necks,
And devour their choicest of meats.

17 'So, you who are tending to vain things,
And leaving behind all my sheep;
A sword will come against your right arm,
And against your right eye.
Your arm will then become withered,
And your right eye will be blind.'

Chapter 12

1 'This is the matter of the Word of Jehovah concerning IsraEl,' said the Lord, 'the One who stretched out the skies, who laid the foundations of the earth, and from Himself, shaped the breath of mankind. He said this:

2 '{Look!} I've appointed JeruSalem's thresholds,
To be shaken by the peoples roundabout them.
Into Judea, they'll come,
And then, they'll surround JeruSalem.

3 'And it will be in that day,
That I'll appoint JeruSalem to be a stone,
That is trampled upon by all nations.
For all nations of the earth will [attack] her;
And those who trample upon her,
Will be mocking them and poking fun.

4 'And in that day, I will also,
Says the Almighty Jehovah;
Strike their horses with wonder,
And drive their riders to ranting.

'On the house of Judah, I'll raise My eyes,
And I'll strike all their horses with blindness.
5 But, Judah's generals will say in their hearts:
JeruSalem's [people are safe],
Under Jehovah, their Almighty God.

6 'But then, I'll make Judah's generals,
Like burning coals amidst wood,
And as flaming torches in stubble.

'They'll devour all those roundabout them,
Both those on the right and those on the left╔
But JeruSalem will remain.

7 'For the Lord will save Judah's tents,
As he did long ago.
And the haughty who live in JeruSalem,
As well as those in Judea,
Won't have any reason to boast,
Or to think of themselves as higher,
Than those of the house of [King] David.

8 'So the Lord will be the shield in that day,
For those who live in JeruSalem.
And in that day, even the weakest,
Will be like David among them.

'And the house of David will then come to be,
Like the Temple of God╔
As the angel who's standing before them.

9 'And it will be in that day;
I'll lift away all the nations
(Those who against JeruSalem, marched).
10 And I'll pour upon David's house,
And upon JeruSalem's people,
The spirit of caring and mercy.

'Then they'll turn to Me and beat on their chests,
As someone who beats on his chest,
Over the death of a loved one.
Because they've been disrespectful to Me╔
They will then mourn with the grief,
Of someone who's lost his first-born.

11 'On that day, there in JeruSalem;
They will all beat on their chests,
As though they'd lost groves [of fruit trees].
12 And the land will beat on its chest,
For each of the tribes [by its name];
The tribe of David's house by itself,
And all of their wives by themselves;
The tribe of Nathan's house by itself,
And all of their wives by themselves;
13 The tribe of Levi's house by itself,
And all of their wives by themselves;
The tribe of Simeon's house by itself,
And all of their wives by themselves;
14 And the rest of the tribes by themselves,
And all of their wives by themselves.'

Chapter 13

1 'In that Day,
All [springs] will then open wide,
For the rinsing and cleansing of David's house,
And for those who live in JeruSalem.

2 'And in that Day, it will be,
Says Jehovah of Armies;
The names of their idols, I'll wipe from the land,
So they'll be remembered no more.
And false prophets that have unclean spirits,
I'll also remove from the land.

3 'And if there's a man who still prophesies;
His father and the mother who bore him,
Must tell him that he can no longer live,
Because he's told lies in the Name of the Lord.
Then his father and the mother who bore him,
Will bind him, because he has prophesied.

4 And it will be in that Day;
Their visions will bring them disgrace,
As will the things that they prophesied.
They'll cover their heads with animal hides,
Because they will know that they've lied.

5 'And they'll say, No, I'm not a prophet;
I'ma man who just works the ground╔
This is all that I've done since my youth!

6 'But, I will then ask them this:
So, what are these wounds in your hands?
And they will give this reply:
They were struck in the house of my loved ones.

7 'O broadsword, awaken against [such] a man,
And against the shepherds [who live in] My land,

Says Jehovah, the Almighty.
Strike the shepherds and scatter the sheep╔
For against the shepherds, I'm bringing My hand.

8 'And in that Day, says Jehovah;
Two-thirds will be wiped out and gone,
But a third will be allowed to remain.

'Then I'll try the rest as though trying gold,
And they will call on My Name.
So I'll say to them,
You're My people,
And they will say,
Jehovah's our God.'

Chapter 14

1 'Look; The Day of the Lord has approached,
When they will divide up the loot.
2 To JeruSalem, I'll gather all nations,
And the city will thereafter be captured.

'All the homes will be looted,
And all the women will be raped.
Then, half of the city will be led away,
And the [third]╔ those who are My people,
Will not be destroyed from the [land].

3 'Then the Lord will attack all those nations,
In His battle, on the day of the war.

4 'And in that Day, his feet will then stand,
On the Mount of Olives (to JeruSalem's east).
Then the Mount of Olives will split in two parts╔
In halves, in chaos, to the east and the west.
Half of the mount will lean toward the north,
And half will lean toward the south.

5 'Then, flee to the valley of My Mountain,
Which [runs] to the [Wadi] AzaEl.
You must flee as in the day of the earthquake,
[Which happened] in the days of UzziAh.

'For, at that time, [your Lord] will arrive,
And bring all his Holy Ones with him.
6 There'll be no light in that Day╔
There'll be just coldness and ice.

7 'But, it will last just one day,
And that Day will be known by the Lord.
There'll be no daytime or night;
But, light will arrive toward the evening.

8 'And in that Day;
Living waters will flow from JeruSalem.
Half will flow to the [Dead] Sea,
And half will flow the other direction╔
This will happen in the springtime and summer.

9 'Then the Lord will be the King of the earth.
For, in that Day, there'll be just one Lord,
And he will have just one name.

10 'Then, around the land, there'll be deserts╔
From JeruSalem south to RemMon and Geba
(Though RamAh will remain in its place);
From the BenJamin Gate to the First Gate,
And the Corner Gate to the Tower of HananeEl;
And from there on to the king's wine vats.

11 'Then, JeruSalem will be a safe place,
And there will be no more danger.

12 'But, this will be the great downfall╔
When the Lord will strike all the peoples,
Who against JeruSalem, marched.
Their flesh will melt as they stand on their feet;
Their eyes will flow from their sockets;
And their tongues will melt in their mouths.

13 'And in that Day, there will come upon them,
Astonishing things from Jehovah.
Each will grab hold of his neighbor's hand╔
Yes, they'll join hand-to-hand with their neighbors.

14 'Then, there within JeruSalem,
Judah's people will ready themselves,
To collect the might of those roundabout╔
All their silver and gold,
Along with huge numbers of clothes.

15 'I will bring the downfall of horses and mules,
As well as their camels and burros,
And to all the cattle that's found in their camps╔
It'll be a day of great downfall.

16 'Then, all who remain from the nations,
That marched against JeruSalem,
Will ascend each year to bow to the King
– To the Almighty, Jehovah –
And observe the feast of the Pitching of Tents.

17 'Then to all who won't come [in that Day],
To bow before the Almighty,
From all the tribes of the earth,
Will have many bad things come upon them,
And they'll not receive any rain.

18 'And if the tribe of Egypt won't come;
The same downfall will happen to them,
That the Lord will bring to the nations╔
Those that would not observe,
The feast of the Pitching of Tents.

19 'For, this will be Egypt's sin,
As well as the sin of all nations╔
When they refuse to ascend,
To observe the feast of the Pitching of Tents.

20 'In that Day, this is what will be [written],
Upon the bridles of their horses:
Holy to Jehovah, the Almighty.

'And then the stew pots of Jehovah,
Will be like the bowls in front of the Altar.
21 And throughout Judah and JeruSalem,
They'll treat the stew pots as holy
To the Almighty Jehovah.
So, all who then bring sacrifices,
Will take them and use them to cook.

'And in that Day,
There will be no more CanaAnites,
Who stand before Jehovah of Armies.
'

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