Zechariah 8:20
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New International Version
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come,

New Living Translation
"This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: People from nations and cities around the world will travel to Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities.

New American Standard Bible
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities.

King James Bible
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD of Hosts says this: "Peoples will yet come, the residents of many cities;

International Standard Version
"This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: 'In the future, people will come, including residents of many cities,

NET Bible
The LORD who rules over all says, 'It will someday come to pass that people--residents of many cities--will come.

New Heart English Bible
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Many peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD of Armies says: People and citizens from many cities are going to come.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus saith the LORD of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities;

New American Standard 1977
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said, It shall yet come to pass that there shall come people and the inhabitants of many cities

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

American King James Version
Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

American Standard Version
Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: It shall yet come to pass , that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, until people come, and dwell in many cities,

Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Yet again shall there come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities;

English Revised Version
Thus saith the LORD of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the LORD of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh of Armies: "Many peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come;

Young's Literal Translation
Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Yet come do peoples, and inhabitants of many cities,
Study Bible
The Restoration of Jerusalem
19"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.' 20"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 21'The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, "Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will also go."…
Cross References
Psalm 102:22
When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

Psalm 117:1
Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!

Isaiah 45:14
Thus says the LORD, "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush And the Sabeans, men of stature, Will come over to you and will be yours; They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains And will bow down to you; They will make supplication to you: 'Surely, God is with you, and there is none else, No other God.'"

Jeremiah 16:19
O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, And my refuge in the day of distress, To You the nations will come From the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, Futility and things of no profit."

Micah 4:2
Many nations will come and say, "Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Micah 4:3
And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.

Zechariah 2:11
"Many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.

Zechariah 14:16
Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

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Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall …

Zechariah 14:16,17 And it shall come to pass…

1 Kings 8:41,43 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of your people Israel, …

2 Chronicles 6:32,33 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of your people Israel, …

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and …

Psalm 67:1-4 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah…

Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Psalm 89:9 You rule the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, you still them.

Psalm 117:1,2 O praise the LORD, all you nations: praise him, all you people…

Psalm 138:4,5 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, when they hear …

Isaiah 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand …

Isaiah 49:6,22,23 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 60:3-12 And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness …

Isaiah 66:18-20 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her to me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her …

Amos 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, …

Micah 4:1,2 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

Matthew 8:11 And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and …

Acts 15:14,18 Simeon has declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, …

Romans 15:9-12 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, …

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

Verse 20. - It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people; peoples. The sight of the prosperity of the Jews shall induce surrounding nations to join in the worship of Jehovah. The same truth is expressed in Psalm 126:1-3. Perowne thinks that vers. 20, 21 refer to the tribes of Israel; but it seems unnatural to suppose the prophet asserting that it will yet happen that Israelites will seek the Lord, when there is no reason to think that they had not done so in some fashion, or that they would need the previous deliberation mentioned in the next verse. Many cities. So the LXX. and Vulgate. Others translate, "great, or, populous cities;" but this is less suitable. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, It shall yet come to pass,.... This is another thing that shall certainly be accomplished:

that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities; in the Gentile world; they shall come and hear the word, believe in Christ, and join together in a Gospel church state; as they did at Antioch, Thessalonica, Corinth, and many other places: Ben Melech says this shall be in the days of the Messiah; and so it has been in the days of the true Messiah Jesus, and will be again in the latter day. 20. (Isa 2:3; Mic 4:2).

Thus saith the Lord of hosts—a preface needed to assure the Jews, now disheartened by the perils surrounding them, and by the humble aspect of the temple. "Unlikely as what follows may seem to you, Jehovah of hosts, boundless in resources, saith it, therefore it shall be so." Just before Christ's coming, a feeling grew up among the heathen of the unsatisfactoriness of their systems of religion and philosophy; this disposed them favorably towards the religion of the Jew, so that proselytes embraced the worship of Jehovah from various parts of Asia; these again were predisposed to embrace Christianity when it was preached to them (Ac 2:9-12, 41). But the full accomplishment of the conversion of the Gentiles foretold here is reserved till "Jerusalem" (Zec 8:22) becomes the center of Christianized Jewry (Ro 11:12, 15).8:18-23 When God comes towards us in ways of mercy, we must meet him with joy and thankfulness. Therefore be faithful and honest in all your dealings; and let it be a pleasure to you to be so, though thereby you come short of the gains others get dishonestly; and, as much as in you lies, live peaceably with all men. Let the truths of God rule in your heads, and let the peace of God rule in your hearts. Thus the ancient servants of God drew the notice of heathen neighbours, whose prejudices were softened. A great increase to the church shall be made. Hitherto the Jews had been prone to learn the idolatries of other nations: what more unlikely than that they should teach religion to their conquerors, and to all the principal nations of the earth! Yet this is expressly foretold, and it came to pass. Hitherto the prophecy has been wonderfully fulfilled, and no doubt future events will explain it further. It is good to be with those who have God with them; if we take God for our God, we must take his people for our people, and be willing to take our lot with them. But let not any one think that mere zeal, either for Jews or Gentiles, will stand in the place of personal religion. Let us be living epistles of Christ, known and read of all men, so that others may wish to go with us, and to have their portion with us in the realms of bliss.
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