Zechariah 12

Jerusalem to Be Attacked

1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who 1 stretches out the heavens, 2 lays the foundation of the earth, and 3 forms the spirit of man within him,
2 "Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a 4cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against 5Judah.
3 "It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy 6stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be 7severely injured. And all the 8nations of the earth will be gathered against it.
4 "In that day," declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch * over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
5 "Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, 'A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God.'
6 "In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a 9firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the 10inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem.
7 "The LORD also will 11save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of 12David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah.
8 "In that day the LORD will 13defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who 14is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like 15God, like the 16angel of the LORD before them.
9 "And in that day I will 17set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 "I will 18pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have 19pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one 20mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
11 "In that day there will be great 21mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
12 "The land will mourn, every 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 Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves;
14 all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.
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