1An oracle. The word of Yahweh concerning Israel. Yahweh, who
stretches out the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms
the spirit of man within him says:
2“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup
of reeling to all the surrounding peoples, and on Judah also will it be in
the siege against Jerusalem.
3It will happen in that day, that I will
make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples. All who burden
themselves with it will be severely wounded, and all the nations of the earth
will be gathered together against it.
4In that day,” says Yahweh, “I will
strike every horse with terror, and his rider with madness; and I will open
my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples
5The chieftains of Judah will say in their heart, ‘The
inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in Yahweh of Armies their God.’
6In that day I will make the chieftains of Judah like a pan of fire among
wood, and like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they will devour all the
surrounding peoples, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem will
yet again dwell in their own place, even in Jerusalem.
7Yahweh also will
save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the
glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem not be magnified above Judah.
that day Yahweh will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem. He who is feeble
among them at that day will be like David, and the house of David will be
like God, like the angel of Yahweh before them.
9It will happen in that
day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to
me8080After “me,” the Hebrew has the two letters “Aleph Tav” (the first
and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet), not as a word, but as a grammatical
marker. whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one
mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for
11In that day there will be a great mourning in Jerusalem,
like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
will mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and
their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives
13the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart;
the family of the Shimeites apart, and their wives apart;
families who remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.