1The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, 2who stretched out the heavens and 3founded the earth and 4formed the spirit of man within him:
"Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem 5a cup of staggering to 6all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem 7will also be against Judah.
8On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. 9All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And 10all the nations of the earth will gather against it.
11On that day, declares the LORD, 12I will strike every horse 13with panic, and its rider 14with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples 15with blindness.
Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'
16"On that day I will make the clans of Judah 17like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And 18they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while 19Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.
"And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah.
20On that day 21the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that 22the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, 23like the angel of the LORD, going before them.
24And on that day 25I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
"And 26I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and 27pleas for mercy, so that, 28when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, 29they shall mourn for him, 30as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
31On that day 32the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great 33as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
The land shall mourn, 34each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of 35Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of 36the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves;
and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.