The Message

Zechariah 12

Home Again in Jerusalem

11-2 War Bulletin:

God’s Message concerning Israel, God’s Decree—the very God who threw the skies into space, set earth on a firm foundation, and breathed his own life into men and women: “Watch for this: I’m about to turn Jerusalem into a cup of strong drink that will have the people who have set siege to Judah and Jerusalem staggering in a drunken stupor.

“On the Big Day, I’ll turn Jerusalem into a huge stone blocking the way for everyone. All who try to lift it will rupture themselves. All the pagan nations will come together and try to get rid of it.

4-5 “On the Big Day”—this is God speaking—“I’ll throw all the war horses into a crazed panic, and their riders along with them. But I’ll keep my eye on Judah, watching out for her at the same time that I make the enemy horses go blind. The families of Judah will then realize, ‘Why, our leaders are strong and able through God-of-the-Angel-Armies, their personal God.’

“On the Big Day, I’ll turn the families of Judah into something like a burning match in a tinder-dry forest, like a fiercely flaming torch in a barn full of hay. They’ll burn up everything and everyone in sight—people to the right, people to the left—while Jerusalem fills up with people moving in and making themselves at home—home again in Jerusalem.

7-8 “I, God, will begin by restoring the common households of Judah so that the glory of David’s family and the leaders in Jerusalem won’t overshadow the ordinary people in Judah. On the Big Day, I’ll look after everyone who lives in Jerusalem so that the lowliest, weakest person will be as glorious as David and the family of David itself will be godlike, like the Angel of God leading the people.

“On the Big Day, I’ll make a clean sweep of all the godless nations that fought against Jerusalem.

10-14 “Next I’ll deal with the family of David and those who live in Jerusalem. I’ll pour a spirit of grace and prayer over them. They’ll then be able to recognize me as the One they so grievously wounded—that piercing spear-thrust! And they’ll weep—oh, how they’ll weep! Deep mourning as of a parent grieving the loss of the firstborn child. The lamentation in Jerusalem that day will be massive, as famous as the lamentation over Hadad-Rimmon on the fields of Megiddo:

Everyone will weep and grieve,
    the land and everyone in it:
The family of David off by itself
    and their women off by themselves;
The family of Nathan off by itself
    and their women off by themselves;
The family of Levi off by itself
    and their women off by themselves;
The family of Shimei off by itself
    and their women off by themselves;
And all the rest of the families off by themselves
    and their women off by themselves.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒迦利亞書 12



鋪展穹蒼、奠立大地的根基、塑造人靈魂的耶和華說: 「看啊,我要使耶路撒冷成為令周圍萬民昏醉的酒杯。耶路撒冷被圍困時,猶大也必受困。 到那天,當地上的列國聚集起來攻擊耶路撒冷的時候,我要使耶路撒冷成為一塊沉重的石頭。凡試圖舉起它的,必傷自己。 到那天,我要使所有的戰馬驚恐,使馬上的騎士癲狂。我必看顧猶大家,使列邦的馬匹瞎眼。這是耶和華說的。 那時,猶大的族長必心裡說,『耶路撒冷的居民從他們的上帝——萬軍之耶和華那裡得到了力量。』


「耶和華必首先拯救猶大的帳篷,免得大衛家和耶路撒冷居民的榮耀超過猶大。 到那天,耶和華必保護耶路撒冷的居民,使他們當中最軟弱的像大衛一樣剛強,使大衛家像上帝一樣,像耶和華的天使一樣帶領他們。 到那天,我必毀滅前來攻擊耶路撒冷的列國。

10 「我必將施恩和禱告的靈澆灌在大衛家和耶路撒冷的居民身上。他們必仰望我——他們所刺的那位,如喪獨子一般為祂哀傷,如喪長子一般為祂痛哭。 11 到那天,耶路撒冷必一片哀聲,猶如米吉多平原的哈達臨門的哀聲。 12 境內家家戶戶都必哀哭。大衛家的男子在一處,女子在一處;拿單家的男子在一處,女子在一處; 13 利未家的男子在一處,女子在一處;示每家的男子在一處,女子在一處。 14 其餘各家也都哀哭,男女分開。