The Restoration of Jerusalem Promised
8 1 And there is a word of Jehovah of Hosts, saying: 2 'Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: I have been zealous for Zion with great zeal, With great heat I have been zealous for her. 3 Thus said Jehovah: I have turned back unto Zion, And I have dwelt in the midst of Jerusalem, And Jerusalem hath been called 'The city of truth,' And the mountain of Jehovah of Hosts, 'The holy mountain.' 4 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Again dwell do old men and old women, In broad places of Jerusalem, And each his staff in his hand, Because of abundance of days. 5 And broad places of the city are full of boys and girls, Playing in its broad places. 6 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Surely it is wonderful in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, Also in Mine eyes it is wonderful, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts. 7 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Lo, I am saving My people from the land of the rising, And from the land of the going in, of the sun, 8 And I have brought them in, They have dwelt in the midst of Jerusalem, And they have been to Me for a people, And I am to them for God, In truth and in righteousness.
9 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Let your hands be strong, Ye who are hearing in these days these words from the mouth of the prophets, That in the day the house of Jehovah of Hosts Hath been founded, the temple 'is' to be built. 10 For, before those days there hath been no hiring of man, Yea, a hiring of beasts there is none; And to him who is going out, And to him who is coming in, There is no peace because of the adversary, And I send all men—each against his neighbour. 11 And now, not as 'in' the former days 'am' I to the remnant of this people, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts. 12 Because of the sowing of peace, The vine doth give her fruit, And the earth doth give her increase, And the heavens do give their dew, And I have caused the remnant of this people To inherit all these. 13 And it hath come to pass, As ye have been a reviling among nations, O house of Judah, and house of Israel, So I save you, and ye have been a blessing, Do not fear, let your hands be strong. 14 For, thus said Jehovah of Hosts, As I did purpose to do evil to you, When your fathers made Me wroth, Said Jehovah of Hosts, and I did not repent, 15 So I have turned back, I have purposed, in these days, To do good with Jerusalem, And with the house of Judah—fear not! 16 These 'are' the things that ye do: Speak ye truth each with his neighbour, Truth and peaceful judgment judge in your gates, 17 And each the evil of his neighbour ye do not devise in your heart, And a false oath ye do not love, For all these 'are' things that I have hated, An affirmation of Jehovah.'
18 And there is a word of Jehovah of Hosts unto me, saying: 19 'Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: The fast of the fourth, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth 'months', are to the house of Judah for joy and for rejoicing, and for pleasant appointed seasons, and the truth and the peace they have loved. 20 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Yet come do peoples, and inhabitants of many cities, 21 Yea, gone have inhabitants of one To another, saying: We go diligently, To appease the face of Jehovah, To seek Jehovah of Hosts—I go, even I. 22 Yea, come in have many peoples, and mighty nations, To seek Jehovah of Hosts in Jerusalem, And to appease the face of Jehovah. 23 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: In those days take hold do ten men of all languages of the nations, Yea, they have taken hold on the skirt of a man, a Jew, saying: We go with you, for we heard God 'is' with you!
The Judgment on Neighboring Nations
9 1 The burden of a word of Jehovah against the land of Hadrach, and Demmeseh—his place of rest: (When to Jehovah 'is' the eye of man, And of all the tribes of Israel.) 2 And also Hamath doth border thereon, Tyre and Zidon, for—very wise! 3 And Tyre doth build a bulwark to herself, And doth heap silver as dust, And gold as mire of out-places. 4 Lo, the Lord doth dispossess her, And He hath smitten in the sea her force, And she with fire is consumed. 5 See doth Ashkelon and fear, Also Gaza, and she is exceedingly pained, Also Ekron—for her expectation dried up, And perished hath a king from Gaza, And Ashkelon doth not remain, 6 And dwelt hath a foreigner in Ashdod, And I have cut off the excellency of the Philistines. 7 And turned aside his blood from his mouth, His abominations from between his teeth, And he hath remained, even he, to our God, And he hath been as a leader in Judah, And Ekron as a Jebusite. 8 And I have pitched for My house a camp, Because of the passer through, and of the returner, And pass not through against them again doth an exactor, For, now, I have seen with My eyes.
Zion's Future King
9 Rejoice exceedingly, O daughter of Zion, Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, Lo, thy King doth come to thee, Righteous—and saved is He, Afflicted—and riding on an ass, And on a colt—a son of she-asses. 10 And I have cut off the chariot from Ephraim, And the horse from Jerusalem, Yea, cut off hath been the bow of battle, And he hath spoken peace to nations, And his rule 'is' from sea unto sea, And from the river unto the ends of earth. 11 Also thou—by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent thy prisoners out of the pit, There is no water in it.
12 Turn back to a fenced place, Ye prisoners of the hope, Even to-day a second announcer I restore to thee. 13 For I have trodden for Me Judah, A bow I have filled 'with' Ephraim, And I have stirred up thy sons, O Zion, Against thy sons, O Javan, And I have set thee as the sword of a hero. 14 And Jehovah doth appear for them, And gone forth as lightning hath His arrow, And the Lord Jehovah with a trumpet bloweth, And He hath gone with whirlwinds of the south. 15 Jehovah of Hosts doth cover them over, And they consumed, and subdued sling-stones, Yea, they have drunk, They have made a noise as wine, And they have been full as a bowl, As corners of an altar. 16 And saved them hath Jehovah their God In that day, as a flock of His people, For stones of a crown are displaying themselves over His ground. 17 For what His goodness! and what His beauty! Corn the young men, And new wine the virgins—make fruitful!
The LORD's Redemption of His People
10 1 They asked of Jehovah rain in a time of latter rain, Jehovah is making lightnings, And rain 'in' showers He doth give to them. To each—the herb in the field. 2 Because the teraphim did speak iniquity, And the diviners have seen a falsehood, And dreams of the vanity they speak, 'With' vanity they give comfort, Therefore they have journeyed as a flock, They are afflicted, for there is no shepherd. 3 Against the shepherds did Mine anger burn, And against the he-goats I lay a charge, For inspected hath Jehovah of Hosts His flock, the house of Judah, And set them as His beauteous horse in battle. 4 From him 'is' a corner-stone, From him a nail, from him a battle-bow, From him goeth forth every exactor together.
5 And they have been as heroes, Treading in mire of out-places in battle, And they have fought, for Jehovah 'is' with them, And have put to shame riders of horses. 6 And I have made mighty the house of Judah, And the house of Joseph I do save, And I have caused them to dwell, for I have loved them, And they have been as 'if' I had not cast them off, For I 'am' Jehovah their God, And I answer them. 7 And Ephraim hath been as a hero, And rejoiced hath their heart as wine, And their sons see, and they have rejoiced, Rejoice doth their heart in Jehovah. 8 I hist for them, and I gather them, For I have redeemed them, And they have multiplied as they did multiply. 9 And I sow them among peoples, And in far-off places they remember Me, And they have lived with their sons, And they have turned back. 10 And I have brought them back from the land of Egypt, And from Asshur I do gather them, And unto the land of Gilead and Lebanon I do bring them in, And there is not found for them 'space'. 11 And He hath passed over through the sea, And hath pressed and smitten billows in the sea, And dried up have been all depths of a flood, And brought down hath been the excellency of Asshur, And the rod of Egypt doth turn aside. 12 And I have made them mighty in Jehovah, And in His name they walk up and down, An affirmation of Jehovah!
11 1 Open, O Lebanon, thy doors, And fire doth devour among thy cedars. 2 Howl, O fir, for fallen hath the cedar, For their honourable ones were destroyed, Howl, ye oaks of Bashan, For come down hath the fenced forest, 3 A voice of the howling of the shepherds! For destroyed was their robe of honour, A voice of the roaring of young lions! For destroyed was the excellency of Jordan.
The Foolish Shepherds
4 Thus said Jehovah my God: 'Feed the flock of the slaughter, 5 Whose buyers slay them, and are not guilty, And their sellers say, Blessed 'is' Jehovah, And I am rich, And their shepherds have no pity on them. 6 For I have pity no more on inhabitants of the land, An affirmation of Jehovah, And lo, I am causing man to come forth, Each into the hand of his neighbour, And into the hand of his king, And they have beaten down the land, And I do not deliver out of their hand.' 7 And I feed the flock of slaughter, even you, ye afflicted of the flock; and I take to me two staves, the one I have called Pleasantness, and the other I have called Bands, and I feed the flock. 8 And I cut off the three shepherds in one month, and my soul is grieved with them, and also their soul hath abhorred me. 9 And I say, 'I do not feed you, the dying, let die; and the cut off, let be cut off; and the remaining ones, let each eat the flesh of its neighbour.' 10 And I take My staff Pleasantness, and cut it asunder, to make void My covenant that I had made with all the peoples: 11 and it is broken in that day, and know well do the afflicted of the flock who are observing me, that it 'is' a word of Jehovah. 12 And I say unto them: 'If good in your eyes, give my hire, and if not, forbear;' and they weigh out my hire—thirty silverlings. 13 And Jehovah saith unto me, 'Cast it unto the potter;' the goodly price that I have been prized at by them, and I take the thirty silverlings, and cast them 'to' the house of Jehovah, unto the potter. 14 And I cut asunder my second staff, Bands, to break the unity between Judah and Israel.
15 And Jehovah saith unto me, 'Again take to thee the instrument of a foolish shepherd. 16 For lo, I am raising up a shepherd in the land, The cut off he doth not inspect, The shaken off he doth not seek, And the broken he doth not heal, The standing he doth not sustain, And the flesh of the fat he doth eat, And their hoofs he doth break off. 17 Wo 'to' the worthless shepherd, forsaking the flock, A sword 'is' on his arm, and on his right eye, His arm is utterly dried up, And his right eye is very dim!'
The Future Deliverance of Jerusalem
12 1 The burden of a word of Jehovah on Israel. An affirmation of Jehovah, Stretching out heaven, and founding earth, And forming the spirit of man in his midst. 2 Lo, I am making Jerusalem a cup of reeling To all the peoples round about, And also against Judah it is, In the siege against Jerusalem. 3 And it hath come to pass, in that day, I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone to all the peoples, All loading it are completely pressed down, And gathered against it have been all nations of the earth. 4 In that day—an affirmation of Jehovah, I do smite every horse with astonishment, And its rider with madness, And on the house of Judah I open My eyes, And every horse of the peoples I smite with blindness. 5 And leaders of Judah have said in their heart, 'Strength to me 'are' the inhabitants of Jerusalem, In Jehovah of Hosts their God.' 6 In that day I make the leaders of Judah As a hearth of fire among trees, And as a torch of fire in a sheaf, And they have consumed—on the right and on the left—all the peoples round about, And Jerusalem hath inhabited again her place in Jerusalem. 7 And saved hath Jehovah the tents of Judah first, So that become not great against Judah Doth the beauty of the house of David, And the beauty of the inhabitant of Jerusalem. 8 In that day cover over doth Jehovah the inhabitant of Jerusalem, And the stumbling among them hath been in that day as David, And the house of David as God—As a messenger of Jehovah—before them.
9 And it hath come to pass, in that day, I seek to destroy all the nations Who are coming in against Jerusalem, 10 And I have poured on the house of David, And on the inhabitant of Jerusalem, A spirit of grace and supplications, And they have looked unto Me whom they pierced, And they have mourned over it, Like a mourning over the only one, And they have been in bitterness for it, Like a bitterness over the first-born. 11 In that day, great is the mourning of Jerusalem, As the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon, 12 And mourned hath the land—every family apart, The family of the house of David apart, And their women apart; The family of the house of Nathan apart, And their women apart; 13 The family of the house of Levi apart, And their women apart; The family of Shimei apart, And their women apart, 14 All the families that are left, Every family apart, and their women apart!
13 1 In that day there is a fountain opened To the house of David And to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, For sin and for impurity. 2 And it hath come to pass, in that day, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, I cut off the names of the idols from the land, And they are not remembered any more, And also the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness I cause to pass away from the land. 3 And it hath been, when one prophesieth again, That said unto him have his father and his mother, his parents, 'Thou dost not live, For falsehood thou hast spoken in the name of Jehovah,' And pierced him through have his father and his mother, his parents, in his prophesying. 4 And it hath come to pass, in that day, Ashamed are the prophets, each of his vision, in his prophesying, And they put not on a hairy robe to deceive. 5 And 'one' hath said, 'I am not a prophet, A man, a tiller of ground I am, For ground 'is' my possession from my youth.' 6 And 'one' hath said unto him, 'What 'are' these wounds in thy hands?' And he hath said, 'Because I was smitten 'at' home by my lovers.'
The Smiting of the LORD's Shepherd
7 Sword, awake against My shepherd, And against a hero—My fellow, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts. Smite the shepherd, and scattered is the flock, And I have put back My hand on the little ones. 8 And it hath come to pass, In all the land, an affirmation of Jehovah, Two parts in it are cut off—they expire, And the third is left in it. 9 And I have brought the third into fire, And refined them like a refining of silver, And have tried them like a trying of gold, It doth call in My name, and I answer it, I have said, 'My people it 'is',' And it saith, 'Jehovah 'is' my God!'
Jerusalem and the Nations
14 1 Lo, a day hath come to Jehovah, And divided hath been thy spoil in thy midst. 2 And I have gathered all the nations unto Jerusalem to battle, And captured hath been the city, And spoiled have been the houses, And the women are lain with, Gone forth hath half the city in a removal, And the remnant of the people are not cut off from the city. 3 And gone forth hath Jehovah, And He hath fought against those nations, As in the day of His fighting in a day of conflict. 4 And stood have His feet, in that day, On the mount of Olives, That 'is' before Jerusalem eastward, And cleft hath been the mount of Olives at its midst, To the east, and to the west, a very great valley, And removed hath the half of the mount towards the north. And its half towards the south. 5 And ye have fled 'to' the valley of My mountains, For join doth the valley of the mountains to Azal, And ye have fled as ye fled before the shaking, In the days of Uzziah king of Judah, And come in hath Jehovah my God, All holy ones 'are' with Thee. 6 And it hath come to pass, in that day, The precious light is not, it is dense darkness, 7 And there hath been one day, It is known to Jehovah, not day nor night, And it hath been at evening-time—there is light.
8 And it hath come to pass, in that day, Go forth do living waters from Jerusalem, Half of them unto the eastern sea, And half of them unto the western sea, In summer and in winter it is. 9 And Jehovah hath become king over all the land, In that day there is one Jehovah, and His name one. 10 Changed is all the land as a plain, From Gebo to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, And she hath been high, and hath dwelt in her place, Even from the gate of Benjamin To the place of the first gate, unto the front gate, And from the tower of Hananeel, Unto the wine-vats of the king. 11 And they have dwelt in her, And destruction is no more, And Jerusalem hath dwelt confidently. 12 And this is the plague with which Jehovah Doth plague all the peoples who have warred against Jerusalem, He hath consumed away its flesh, And it is standing on its feet, And its eyes are consumed in their holes, And its tongue is consumed in their mouth. 13 And it hath come to pass, in that day, A great destruction 'from' Jehovah is among them, And they have seized each the hand of his neighbour, And gone up hath his hand against the hand of his neighbour. 14 And also Judah is fought with in Jerusalem, And gathered hath been the force of all the nations round about, Gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15 And so is the plague of the horse, of the mule, Of the camel, and of the ass, And of all the cattle that are in these camps, As this plague.
16 And it hath come to pass, Every one who hath been left of all the nations, Who are coming in against Jerusalem, They have also gone up from year to year, To bow themselves to the King, Jehovah of Hosts, And to celebrate the feast of the booths. 17 And it hath come to pass, That he who doth not go up of the families of the land unto Jerusalem, To bow himself to the King, Jehovah of Hosts, Even on them there is no shower. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, nor come in, Then not on them is the plague With which Jehovah doth plague the nations That go not up to celebrate the feast of booths. 19 This is the punishment of the sin of Egypt, And the punishment of the sin of all the nations, That go not up to celebrate the feast of booths. 20 In that day there is on bells of the horse, 'Holy to Jehovah,' And the pots in the house of Jehovah Have been as bowls before the altar. 21 And every pot in Jerusalem, and in Judah, Have been holy to Jehovah of Hosts, And all those sacrificing have come in, And have taken of them, and boiled in them, And there is no merchant any more in the house of Jehovah of Hosts in that day!