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The Coming Peace and Prosperity of Zion

Zec 8:1  And the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying,
Zec 8:2  "Thus says the LORD of hosts:
         I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.
Zec 8:3  Thus says the LORD:
         I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem,
         and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain.
Zec 8:4  Thus says the LORD of hosts:
         Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age.
Zec 8:5  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
Zec 8:6  Thus says the LORD of hosts:
         If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days,
         should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the LORD of hosts?
Zec 8:7  Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country,
Zec 8:8  and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
         And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness."
Zec 8:9  Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Let your hands be strong,
         you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets
         who were present on the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid,
         that the temple might be built.
Zec 8:10  For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for beast,
         neither was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in,
         for I set every man against his neighbor.
Zec 8:11  But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the LORD of hosts.
Zec 8:12  For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce,
         and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
Zec 8:13  And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel,
         so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
Zec 8:14  For thus says the LORD of hosts:
         "As I purposed to bring disaster to you when your fathers provoked me to wrath,
         and I did not relent, says the LORD of hosts,
Zec 8:15  so again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear not.
Zec 8:16  These are the things that you shall do:
         Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;
Zec 8:17  do not devise evil in your hearts against one another,
         and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the LORD."
Zec 8:18  And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
Zec 8:19  "Thus says the LORD of hosts:
         The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth
         and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth
         shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts.
         Therefore love truth and peace.
Zec 8:20  "Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities.
Zec 8:21  The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,
         'Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.'
Zec 8:22  Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem
         and to entreat the favor of the LORD.
Zec 8:23  Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue
         shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"

Judgment on Israel's Enemies

Zec 9:1  The oracle of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach and Damascus is its resting place.
         For the LORD has an eye on mankind and on all the tribes of Israel,
Zec 9:2  and on Hamath also, which borders on it, Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
Zec 9:3  Tyre has built herself a rampart and heaped up silver like dust, and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
Zec 9:4  But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions and strike down her power on the sea,
         and she shall be devoured by fire.
Zec 9:5  Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish; Ekron also,
         because its hopes are confounded. The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
Zec 9:6  a mixed people shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
Zec 9:7  I will take away its blood from its mouth, and its abominations from between its teeth;
         it too shall be a remnant for our God; it shall be like a clan in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
Zec 9:8  Then I will encamp at my house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro;
         no oppressor shall again march over them, for now I see with my own eyes.

The Coming King of Zion

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
    Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble
    and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zec 9:10  I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem;
 and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations;
 his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Zec 9:11  As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
 I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Zec 9:12  Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Zec 9:13  For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow.
 I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.

The Lord Will Save His People

Zec 9:14  Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning;
 the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
Zec 9:15  The LORD of hosts will protect them, and they shall devour, and tread down the sling stones,
 and they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine, and be full like a bowl, drenched like the corners of the altar.
Zec 9:16  On that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people;
 for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land.
Zec 9:17  For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
 Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women.

The Restoration for Judah and Israel

Zec 10:1  Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds,
 and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.
Zec 10:2  For the household gods utter nonsense,
 and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation.
 Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
Zec 10:3  "My anger is hot against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders;
 for the LORD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
 and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.
Zec 10:4  From him shall come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow,
 from him every ruler—all of them together.
Zec 10:5  They shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets;
 they shall fight because the LORD is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
Zec 10:6  "I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph.
 I will bring them back because I have compassion on them,
 and they shall be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
Zec 10:7  Then Ephraim shall become like a mighty warrior, and their hearts shall be glad as with wine.
 Their children shall see it and be glad; their hearts shall rejoice in the LORD.
Zec 10:8  "I will whistle for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them,
 and they shall be as many as they were before.
Zec 10:9  Though I scattered them among the nations, yet in far countries they shall remember me,
 and with their children they shall live and return.
Zec 10:10  I will bring them home from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria,
 and I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, till there is no room for them.
Zec 10:11  He shall pass through the sea of troubles and strike down the waves of the sea,
 and all the depths of the Nile shall be dried up.
 The pride of Assyria shall be laid low, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
Zec 10:12  I will make them strong in the LORD, and they shall walk in his name," declares the LORD.

The Flock Doomed to Slaughter

Zec 11:1  Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars!
Zec 11:2  Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, for the glorious trees are ruined!
 Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has been felled!
Zec 11:3  The sound of the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is ruined!
 The sound of the roar of the lions, for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
Zec 11:4  Thus said the LORD my God: "Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter.
Zec 11:5  Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished,
 and those who sell them say, 'Blessed be the LORD, I have become rich,'
 and their own shepherds have no pity on them.
Zec 11:6  For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the LORD.
 Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king,
 and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand."
Zec 11:7  So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders.
 And I took two staffs, one I named Favor, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.
Zec 11:8  In one month I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also detested me.
Zec 11:9  So I said, "I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed.
 And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another."
Zec 11:10  And I took my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.
Zec 11:11  So it was annulled on that day,
 and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
Zec 11:12  Then I said to them, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them."
 And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.
Zec 11:13  Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"—the lordly price at which I was priced by them.
 So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter.
Zec 11:14  Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Zec 11:15  Then the LORD said to me, "Take once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
Zec 11:16  For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for those being destroyed,
 or seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy,
 but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
Zec 11:17  "Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock!
 May the sword strike his arm and his right eye!
 Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!"

The Lord Will Give Salvation

Zec 12:1  The oracle of the word of the LORD concerning Israel:
 Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth
 and formed the spirit of man within him:
Zec 12:2  "Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples.
 The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah.
Zec 12:3  On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples.
 All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.
Zec 12:4  On that day, declares the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness.
 But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open,
 when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
Zec 12:5  Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves,
 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'
Zec 12:6  "On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood,
 like a flaming torch among sheaves.
 And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples,
 while Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.
Zec 12:7  "And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first,
 that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah.
Zec 12:8  On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
 so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David,
 and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them.
Zec 12:9  And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Him Whom They Have Pierced

Zec 12:10  "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
 a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced,
 they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
Zec 12:11  On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great
 as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
Zec 12:12  The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself,
 and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
Zec 12:13  the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves;
 the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves;
Zec 12:14  and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Zec 13:1  "On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
 to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Idolatry Cut Off

Zec 13:2  "And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts,
 I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more.
 And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness.
Zec 13:3  And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him,
 'You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD.'
 And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.
Zec 13:4  "On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies.
 He will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive,
Zec 13:5  but he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.'
Zec 13:6  And if one asks him, 'What are these wounds on your back?' he will say,
 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.'

The Shepherd Struck

Zec 13:7  "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me," declares the LORD of hosts.
 "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones.
Zec 13:8  In the whole land, declares the LORD, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive.
Zec 13:9  And I will put this third into the fire,
 and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.
 They will call upon my name, and I will answer them.
 I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

The Coming Day of the Lord

Zec 14:1  Behold, a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst.
Zec 14:2  For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle,
 and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped.
 Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Zec 14:3  Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle.
Zec 14:4  On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east,
 and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley,
 so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.
Zec 14:5  And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal.
 And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
 Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
Zec 14:6  On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost.
Zec 14:7  And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the LORD,
 neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.
Zec 14:8  On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem,
 half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.
Zec 14:9  And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.
Zec 14:10  The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem.
 But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site
 from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate,
 and from the Tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses.
Zec 14:11  And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction.
 Jerusalem shall dwell in security.
Zec 14:12  And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem:
 their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet,
 their eyes will rot in their sockets,
 and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
Zec 14:13  And on that day a great panic from the LORD shall fall on them,
 so that each will seize the hand of another,
 and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other.
Zec 14:14  Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem.
 And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance.
Zec 14:15  And a plague like this plague
 shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.
Zec 14:16  Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem
 shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.
Zec 14:17  And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts,
 there will be no rain on them.
Zec 14:18  And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain;
 there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.
Zec 14:19  This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations
 that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.
Zec 14:20  And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses,
 "Holy to the LORD." And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar.
Zec 14:21  And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the LORD of hosts,
 so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice
 in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.
The Book of Zechariah Notes

Zechariah 1    Call to repentance
Zechariah 1:18 - Zechariah 2   The Four Horns and the Four Craftsmen.
                          Man with a Measuring Line.
Zechariah 3    Christ Intervenes for us as our High Priest.
Zechariah 4    The Lampstand and Two Olive Trees.    The Tabernacle.
Zechariah 5    The Flying Scroll.  The Woman and the Ephah.
Zechariah 6    The Four Chariots The Crowning of Joshua.
Zechariah 7    Attitudes of Obedience.  The Question of Fasting.
Zechariah 8    Are we serving ourselves or God?  
Zechariah 9    Alexander the Great.  The Unexpected King.
Zechariah 10  Idols.  Shepherds.  The Coming One.
Zechariah 11  The Good Shepherd.  The Coming World Leader.
Zechariah 12  The Siege of Jerusalem.  The Pierced One.  
                     Rabbinical view of two Messiahs.  
                     The Aleph and the Tau.
Zechariah 13  False Prophets.  The Smitten One.
Zechariah 14  The return and reign of the Messiah.
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