Zechariah 14:7
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New International Version
It will be a unique day--a day known only to the LORD--with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.

New Living Translation
yet there will be continuous day! Only the LORD knows how this could happen. There will be no normal day and night, for at evening time it will still be light.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.

King James Bible
But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It will be a day known only to Yahweh, without day or night, but there will be light at evening.

International Standard Version
It will be a unique day, known only to the LORD—neither daytime nor nighttime—and it will come about at twilight there will be light!

NET Bible
It will happen in one day (a day known to the LORD); not in the day or the night, but in the evening there will be light.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There will be one day-a day known to the LORD-with no difference between day and night. It will be light even in the evening.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but it shall be one day which is known to the LORD, not day, nor night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light.

King James 2000 Bible
But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

American King James Version
But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

American Standard Version
but it shall be one day which is known unto Jehovah; not day, and not night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there shall be one day, which is known to the Lord, not day nor night : and in the time of the evening there shall be light.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall be one day which is known to Jehovah, not day, and not night; and it shall come to pass, at eventide it shall be light.

English Revised Version
but it shall be one day which is known unto the LORD; not day, and not night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light.

Webster's Bible Translation
But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening it shall be light.

World English Bible
It will be a unique day which is known to Yahweh; not day, and not night; but it will come to pass, that at evening time there will be light.

Young's Literal Translation
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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-7 The Lord Jesus often stood upon the Mount of Olives when on earth. He ascended from thence to heaven, and then desolations and distresses came upon the Jewish nation. Such is the view taken of this figuratively; but many consider it as a notice of events yet unfulfilled, and that it relates to troubles of which we cannot now form a full idea. Every believer, being related to God as his God, may triumph in the expectation of Christ's coming in power, and speak of it with pleasure. During a long season, the state of the church would be deformed by sin; there would be a mixture of truth and error, of happiness and misery. Such is the experience of God's people, a mingled state of grace and corruption. But, when the season is at the worst, and most unpromising, the Lord will turn darkness into light; deliverance comes when God's people have done looking for it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - One day. A unique day, unparalleled (comp. Song of Solomon 6:9; Ezekiel 7:5). Which shall be (is) known to the Lord. Its peculiar character, and the moment of its arrival, are known to God, and God only (Matthew 24:36). Not day, nor night. It cannot be called truly the one or the other, because there is darkness in the day and light at night, as the following clause says. This is symbolically explained by St. Ephraem, "It will not be altogether consolation, nor altogether affliction." It is not full daylight, for calamity presses; it is not deep night, because there is hope amid the distress. At evening time it shall be light. In the midst of trouble and danger deliverance shall come. The whole section is a figurative description of the fortunes of the Church militant, even as Christ announced to his disciples: "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33); "If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you" (John 15:20); "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid' (John 14:27).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But it shall be one day,.... A very singular, remarkable, and uncommon one; and it will be but one day; things will not continue long in such a position:

which shall be known to the Lord; all times and seasons are known unto the Lord, but this will come under his special notice and observation, and be under the direction of his special providence; it will only be taken notice of by him, and not by others; scarce any will observe it, or know what God is doing in it, or about to do:

not day, nor night; not clear and full day, as at noon; nor yet quite night or dark, as at midnight; See Gill on Zechariah 14:6,

but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light; after this day is over, which is neither clear nor dark, there will be an evening time; things will be worse with us than they are; the sun will be set; Christ will be withdrawn in the ministry of the word; his witnesses will be slain and silenced; great coldness and lukewarmness will seize upon professors; great darkness of error will spread itself everywhere; great sleepiness and security will fall upon all the virgins, and there will be great distress of nations; and, when it will be feared and expected that greater darkness and distress still are coming on, "light" will break forth; deliverance and salvation from Popish darkness and tyranny will be wrought; the light of the Gospel will break forth, and spread itself everywhere; the light of joy and gladness will arise to all the saints, and it will be a time of great spiritual peace, prosperity, and happiness. Vitringa on Isaiah 60:20, interprets it there shall be no vicissitude, or succession of day and night, but all day; at evening it shall be light; no calamity nor sorrow; Christ the light, and sun of righteousness, will break out in a glorious and spiritual manner.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. one day—a day altogether unique, different from all others [Maurer]. Compare "one," that is, unique (So 6:9; Jer 30:7). Not as Henderson explains, "One continuous day, without night" (Re 22:5; 21:25); the millennial period (Re 20:3-7).

known to … Lord—This truth restrains man's curiosity and teaches us to wait the Lord's own time (Mt 24:36).

not day, nor night—answering to "not … clear nor … dark" (Zec 14:6); not altogether daylight, yet not the darkness of night.

at evening … shall be light—Towards the close of this twilight-like time of calamity, "light" shall spring up (Ps 97:11; 112:4; Isa 30:26; 60:19, 20).

Zechariah 14:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Destroyers of Jerusalem Destroyed
6In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. 7For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. 8And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.…
Cross References
Acts 15:18
things known from long ago.

Revelation 21:25
On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

Revelation 22:5
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Isaiah 24:23
The moon will be dismayed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders--with great glory.

Isaiah 45:21
Declare what is to be, present it-- let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.

Isaiah 58:10
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Jeremiah 30:7
How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.

Amos 8:9
"In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.
Treasury of Scripture

But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

it shall be one day. or, the day shall be one.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

which.

Psalm 37:18 The LORD knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, …

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which …

Acts 1:7 And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, …

Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Acts 17:26,31 And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all …

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

at.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the …

Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, …

Isaiah 60:19,20 The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness …

Daniel 12:4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to …

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting …

Revelation 20:2-4 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, …

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

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