1 An oracle. The word of Yahweh [is] against the land of Hadrach, and Damascus [is] its resting place. For to Yahweh belongs the eye of humankind, and all the tribes of Israel,
2 and also Hamath, [which] borders on it; Tyre and Sidon--yes, they are very wise!

References for Zechariah 9:2

    • a 9:2 - That is, wise in their own eyes (ironic)
      3 Tyre has built a fortification for itself, and it heaped up silver like dust, and gold like [the] mud of [the] streets.

      References for Zechariah 9:3

        • b 9:3 - Hebrew "her"
          4 Look! The Lord will drive it out and will hurl its outer ramparts into the sea, and it will be consumed by fire.

          References for Zechariah 9:4

            • c 9:4 - Hebrew "her"
            • d 9:4 - Hebrew "her"
            • e 9:4 - Hebrew "she"
              5 Ashkelon will see and will be afraid, and Gaza will writhe exceedingly, and Ekron [also], because its hope is ruined. And the king from Gaza will perish, and Ashkelon will not be inhabited.

              References for Zechariah 9:5

                • f 9:5 - Traditionally "ashamed"; some presuppose a different Hebrew form and translate "withered"
                  6 A mongrel people will dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut down the pride of [the] Philistines.

                  References for Zechariah 9:6

                    • g 9:6 - That is, a people of mixed marriage; "half-breeds"
                      7 I will remove its blood from its mouth, and its abominations from between its teeth. And it too will be a remnant for our God; and it will be like a tribal chief in Judah, and Ekron [will be] like [the] Jebusite.

                      References for Zechariah 9:7

                        • h 9:7 - Hebrew "his"
                        • i 9:7 - Hebrew "his"
                        • j 9:7 - Hebrew "his"
                        • k 9:7 - Hebrew "his"
                        • l 9:7 - Hebrew "he"
                        • m 9:7 - Hebrew "he"
                        • n 9:7 - This word is sometimes interpreted as "clan"
                          8 But I will encamp at my temple [like a] guard, against those crossing through and returning; no oppressor will cross through them again, for now I have seen with my [own] eyes.

                          References for Zechariah 9:8

                            • o 9:8 - Or "house"
                              9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king comes to you; he [is] righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a male donkey, {the foal of} a female donkey!

                              References for Zechariah 9:9

                                • p 9:9 - Literally "the son of "
                                  10 And I will cut off [the] chariot from Ephraim, and [the] horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow will be cut down, and he will announce peace to the nations. His dominion [will be] from sea to sea, and from [the] River to [the] ends of [the] earth.

                                  References for Zechariah 9:10

                                    • q 9:10 - That is, the Euphrates
                                      11 [As for] you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will release your prisoners from {the waterless pit}.

                                      References for Zechariah 9:11

                                        • r 9:11 - Literally "[the] cistern there is not water in him"
                                          12 Return to [the] fortress, O prisoners of hope; today [I am] declaring [that] I will repay you double.
                                          13 For I have bent Judah [as] my bow; I have set Ephraim [as an arrow]. I will set in motion your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Javan. I will wield you like the sword of a warrior.

                                          References for Zechariah 9:13

                                            • s 9:13 - That is, Greece
                                              14 Then Yahweh will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; and my Lord Yahweh will blow the trumpet, and he shall go out in the storm winds of [the] south.
                                              15 Yahweh of hosts will defend them, and they will devour and subdue the slingstones; they will drink, they will make noise like wine, and they will be full like the sacrificial basin, [drenched] like the corners of an altar.

                                              References for Zechariah 9:15

                                                • t 9:15 - Perhaps metonymy for the slingers of stones
                                                • u 9:15 - LXX reads "they will drink blood like wine"
                                                • v 9:15 - That is, the ceremonial bowl used by the priest for sprinkling blood
                                                  16 And Yahweh their God will save them on that day, as the flock of his people; for [they are like] the stones of a diadem, glittering on his land.
                                                  17 For how [great is] his goodness, and how [great is] his beauty! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine [the] young women.