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Zechariah 12:1-14

12  The boding of Jehovah’s word about Israel. Quoth Jehovah who stretched sky and founded earth and shaped man’s spirit within him: 2**  Here I am setting Jerusalem as a staggering-bowl for all the peoples around, and Judah too will be involved in the siege against Jerusalem. 3*  And on that day I will set Jerusalem as a loading-stone for all the peoples; all who load themselves with it will rupture themselves; and all the nations on earth will come together against Jerusalem. 4*  On that day, quoth Jehovah, I will strike every pony with the staggers and its rider with frenzy, and on the house of Judah I will open my eyes but I will strike every pony of the peoples with blindness; 5**  and the allufs of Judah will say to themselves “The inhabitants of Jerusalem have might in their God Jehovah of Armies.” 6*  On that day I will make the allufs of Judah like a pan of fire among wood and like a torch of fire in hay, and to right and to left they shall consume all the peoples around; and Jerusalem shall again be inhabited on its site, in Jerusalem. 7  And Jehovah will save the tents of Judah first, in order that the vaunting of the house of David and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not put on airs against Judah. 8  On that day Jehovah will shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the most limping one among them will be like David, and the house of David like God, like Jehovah’s Angel before them. 9*  And on that day I will set to work to root out all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10  And I will pour upon the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look at the one they stabbed to death and wail over him like the wailing over an only son, and be in agony over him as one is over a firstborn. 11*  On that day the wailing will be great in Jerusalem, like the bewailing of Hadadrimmon on the Megiddo bottom-lands, 12  and the country will wail clan by clan separately: the clan of the house of David separately and their women separately, the clan of the house of Nathan separately and their women separately, 13  the clan of the house of Levi separately and their women separately, the clan of the house of Shimei separately and their women separately, 14  all the remaining clans clan by clan separately and their women separately.

Footnotes

12:2 Or making Jerusalem a staggering-bowl
12:2 Lit. and on Judah too it will be in the siege Var. and Judah too will be in the siege Var. and there will be a siege
12:3 Or scar themselves
12:4 Conj. but I will strike all the peoples; and
12:5 Conj. the thousands of Judah
12:5 Var. The inhabitants of Jerusalem are might for me in
12:6 Conj. the thousands of Judah
12:9 Lit. I will try to root out
12:11 Or like the wailing at Hadadrimmon