Judah’s Security
1A pronouncement:
The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
A declaration of the Lord,
who stretched out the heavens,12:1 Is 45:12; 51:13; Jr 10:12; 51:15
laid the foundation of the earth,12:1 Jb 38:4; Heb 1:10
and formed the spirit of man within him.
2“Look, I will make Jerusalem a cup that causes staggering12:2 Is 51:22–23; Jr 25:15–16; Rv 16:19 for the peoples who surround the city. The siege against Jerusalem will also involve Judah.12:2 Jr 4:16; Ezk 38:8–9,14–16; Zch 14:2
3On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who try to lift it will injure themselves severely when all the nations of the earth gather against her.12:3 Jl 3:1–2
4On that day” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness.12:4 Dt 28:28 I will keep a watchful eye on12:4 Is 37:17; Jr 32:19 the house of Judah but strike all the horses of the nations with blindness.
5Then each of the leaders of Judah will think to himself: The residents of Jerusalem are my strength through the Lord of Armies, their God.
6On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile,12:6 Jr 5:14; Ob 18 like a flaming torch among sheaves; they will consume all the peoples around them on the right and the left, while Jerusalem continues to be inhabited on its site, in Jerusalem.
7The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of David’s house and the glory of Jerusalem’s residents may not be greater than that of Judah.
8On that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem,12:8 2Kg 19:34; 20:6; Is 37:35; 38:6; Zch 9:15 so that on that day the one who is weakest among them will be like David on that day, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord, before them.12:8 Lv 26:8; Jos 23:10
9On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Mourning for the Pierced One
10“Then I will pour out a spirit12:10 Or out the Spirit12:10 Is 44:3; Ezk 36:27; 39:29; Jl 2:28–29; Zch 4:6; Ac 2:17 of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at12:10 Or to me whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for him as one weeps for a firstborn.12:10 Jr 6:26; Jn 19:37; Rv 1:7
11On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
12The land will mourn, every family by itself: the family of David’s house by itself and their women by themselves; the family of Nathan’s12:12 = a son of David12:12 2Sm 5:14; Lk 3:31 house by itself and their women by themselves;
13the family of Levi’s house by itself and their women by themselves; the family of Shimei12:13 = a descendant of Levi12:13 Ex 6:17; Nm 3:18; 1Ch 6:17 by itself and their women by themselves;
14all the remaining families, every family by itself, and their women by themselves.