Zechariah 12
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1  A pronouncement: The word of Hashem concerning Yisrael. The utterance of Hashem, Who stretched out the skies And made firm the earth, And created man’s breath within him:

א  מַשָּׂא דְבַר־יְהוָה עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵל נְאֻם־יְהוָה נֹטֶה שָׁמַיִם וְיֹסֵד אָרֶץ וְיֹצֵר רוּחַ־אָדָם בְּקִרְבּוֹ׃

2  Behold, I will make Yerushalayim a bowl of reeling for the peoples all around. Yehuda shall be caught up in the siege upon Yerushalayim,

ב  הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שָׂם אֶת־יְרוּשָׁלִַם סַף־רַעַל לְכָל־הָעַמִּים סָבִיב וְגַם עַל־יְהוּדָה יִהְיֶה בַמָּצוֹר עַל־יְרוּשָׁלִָם׃

3  when all the nations of the earth gather against her. In that day, I will make Yerushalayim a stone for all the peoples to lift; all who lift it shall injure themselves.

v’-ha-YAH va-YOM ha-HU a-SEEM et y’-ru-sha-LA-im E-ven ma-a-ma-SAH l’-khol ha-a-MEEM kol o-m’-SE-ha sa-ROT yi-sa-RAY-tu v’-ne-es-FU a-LE-ha KOL go-YAY ha-A-retz

ג  וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם־הַהוּא אָשִׂים אֶת־יְרוּשָׁלִַם אֶבֶן מַעֲמָסָה לְכָל־הָעַמִּים כָּל־עֹמְסֶיהָ שָׂרוֹט יִשָּׂרֵטוּ וְנֶאֶסְפוּ עָלֶיהָ כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ׃

12:3  I will make Yerushalayim a stone for all the peoples to lift

Zecharya prophesies about a future attack against Yehuda by the nations of the world. In that attack, the nations will besiege Yerushalayim, Israel’s capital, only to be miraculously defeated by YehudaHashem states that Yerushalayim will become “a stone for all the peoples to lift,” and “all who lift it shall injure themselves.” In ancient times, when heavy stones lay in a field, the farmers would have to remove them with great effort, often cutting themselves futilely, in order to plough. This verse means that the nations of the world that try to remove Yehuda and Yerushalayim will fail, injuring themselves while trying to destroy the holy city. Spiritually, Yerushalayim and Yisrael symbolize God and His word. Taking on Yerushalayim forces the nations to contend with Hashem and His goodness.  Ultimately, they will be blocked them from going off on their own path.2 comments

4  In that day—declares Hashem—I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness. But I will watch over the House of Yehuda while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

ד  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם־יְהוָה אַכֶּה כָל־סוּס בַּתִּמָּהוֹן וְרֹכְבוֹ בַּשִּׁגָּעוֹן וְעַל־בֵּית יְהוּדָה אֶפְקַח אֶת־עֵינַי וְכֹל סוּס הָעַמִּים אַכֶּה בַּעִוָּרוֹן׃

5  And the clans of Yehuda will say to themselves, “The dwellers of Yerushalayim are a task set for us by their God, God of Hosts.”

ה  וְאָמְרוּ אַלֻּפֵי יְהוּדָה בְּלִבָּם אַמְצָה לִי יֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם בַּיהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵיהֶם׃

6  In that day, I will make the clans of Yehuda like a flaming brazier among sticks and like a flaming torch among sheaves. They shall devour all the besieging peoples right and left; and Yerushalayim shall continue on its site, in Yerushalayim.

ו  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא אָשִׂים אֶת־אַלֻּפֵי יְהוּדָה כְּכִיּוֹר אֵשׁ בְּעֵצִים וּכְלַפִּיד אֵשׁ בְּעָמִיר וְאָכְלוּ עַל־יָמִין וְעַל־שְׂמֹאול אֶת־כָּל־הָעַמִּים סָבִיב וְיָשְׁבָה יְרוּשָׁלִַם עוֹד תַּחְתֶּיהָ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם׃

7  Hashem will give victory to the tents of Yehuda first, so that the glory of the House of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim may not be too great for Yehuda.

ז  וְהוֹשִׁיעַ יְהוָה אֶת־אָהֳלֵי יְהוּדָה בָּרִאשֹׁנָה לְמַעַן לֹא־תִגְדַּל תִּפְאֶרֶת בֵּית־דָּוִיד וְתִפְאֶרֶת יֹשֵׁב יְרוּשָׁלִַם עַל־יְהוּדָה׃

8  In that day, Hashem will shield the inhabitants of Yerushalayim; and the feeblest of them shall be in that day like David, and the House of David like a divine being—like an angel of Hashem—at their head.

ח  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יָגֵן יְהוָה בְּעַד יוֹשֵׁב יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְהָיָה הַנִּכְשָׁל בָּהֶם בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא כְּדָוִיד וּבֵית דָּוִיד כֵּאלֹהִים כְּמַלְאַךְ יְהוָה לִפְנֵיהֶם׃

9  In that day I will all but annihilate all the nations that came up against Yerushalayim.

ט  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא אֲבַקֵּשׁ לְהַשְׁמִיד אֶת־כָּל־הַגּוֹיִם הַבָּאִים עַל־יְרוּשָׁלִָם׃

10  But I will fill the House of David and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim 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.

י  וְשָׁפַכְתִּי עַל־בֵּית דָּוִיד וְעַל יוֹשֵׁב יְרוּשָׁלִַם רוּחַ חֵן וְתַחֲנוּנִים וְהִבִּיטוּ אֵלַי אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דָּקָרוּ וְסָפְדוּ עָלָיו כְּמִסְפֵּד עַל־הַיָּחִיד וְהָמֵר עָלָיו כְּהָמֵר עַל־הַבְּכוֹר׃

11  In that day, the wailing in Yerushalayim shall be as great as the wailing at Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddon.

יא  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִגְדַּל הַמִּסְפֵּד בִּירוּשָׁלִַם כְּמִסְפַּד הֲדַדְ־רִמּוֹן בְּבִקְעַת מְגִדּוֹן׃

12  The land shall wail, each family by itself: The family of the House of David by themselves, and their womenfolk by themselves; the family of the House of Natan by themselves, and their womenfolk by themselves;

יב  וְסָפְדָה הָאָרֶץ מִשְׁפָּחוֹת מִשְׁפָּחוֹת לְבָד מִשְׁפַּחַת בֵּית־דָּוִיד לְבָד וּנְשֵׁיהֶם לְבָד מִשְׁפַּחַת בֵּית־נָתָן לְבָד וּנְשֵׁיהֶם לְבָד׃

13  the family of the House of Levi by themselves, and their women-folk by themselves; the family of the Shim’ites by themselves, and their womenfolk by themselves;

יג  מִשְׁפַּחַת בֵּית־לֵוִי לְבָד וּנְשֵׁיהֶם לְבָד מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשִּׁמְעִי לְבָד וּנְשֵׁיהֶם לְבָד׃

14  and all the other families, every family by itself, with their womenfolk by themselves.

 

יד  כֹּל הַמִּשְׁפָּחוֹת הַנִּשְׁאָרוֹת מִשְׁפָּחֹת מִשְׁפָּחֹת לְבָד וּנְשֵׁיהֶם לְבָד׃

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  • Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto Me because they have thrust him through; and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son and shall be in bitterness for him as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.

    When was God thrust through?
    and they shall look unto Me because they have thrust him through;

  • Yeshua (Jesus) how can he be denied. This passage is talking about him or is it going to be hiden as something else. Look at the book of beginnings were Hashim said let US make man in our image. Did he talked to himself?

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