Zechariah 12 – “Jerusalem Protected”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God will protect Jerusalem from its foes.

II. Photo
Jerusalem will mourn its enemy: “They shall lament to me about those who are slain, wailing over them as over a favorite son and showing bitter grief as over a first-born.” (v. 10b)

III. Select Verses
3-6: when all the nations of the earth gather against her. In that day, I will make Jerusalem a stone for all the peoples to lift; all who lift it shall injure themselves. In that day — declares the LORD — I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness. But I will watch over the House of Judah while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, “The dwellers of Jerusalem are a task set for us by their God, the LORD of Hosts.” In that day, I will make the clans of Judah like a flaming brazier among sticks and like a flaming torch among sheaves. They shall devour all the besieging peoples right and left; and Jerusalem shall continue on its site, in Jerusalem.
7: The LORD will give victory to the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the House of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be too great for Judah.
10: But I will fill the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem with a spirit of pity and compassion; and they shall lament to Me about those who are slain, wailing over them as over a favorite son and showing bitter grief as over a first-born.

IV. Outline
1. Introduction
2-6. God will protect Jerusalem from its besiegers
7. Glory for Judah, apart from Jerusalem
8. Glory for the house of David
9-14. Judah will mourn its enemy’s loss

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Smith, Ralph L. “Micah – Malachi” World Biblical Commentary v. 32 (Word Books: 1984).
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