The Lord’s Triumph and Reign
1A day of the LORD is cominga when your plunder will be divided in your presence.
2I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle.b The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city.
3Then the LORD will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle.c
4On that day His feet will stand on the •Mount of Olives,d which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south.
5You will flee by My mountain valley,e for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fledf from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.g Then the LORD my God will come and all the holy onesh with Him.i, j
6On that day there will be no light; the sunlight and moonlightk will diminish.l, m
7It will be a day known only to •Yahweh,n without day or night, but there will be light at evening.
8On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem,o half of it toward the eastern seap and the other half toward the western sea,q in summer and winter alike.
9On that day Yahweh will become King over all the earthr — Yahweh alone, and His name alone.s
10All the land from Gebat to Rimmonu south of Jerusalem will be changed into a plain. But Jerusalem will be raised up and will remainv on its site from the Benjamin Gatew to the place of the First Gate,x to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses.y
11People will live there, and never again will there be a curse of •complete destruction. So Jerusalem will dwell in security.
12This will be the plague the LORD strikes all the peoples with, who have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
13On that day a great panic from the LORD will be among them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of one will rise against the other.
14Judah will also fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected: gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance.z
15The same plague as the previous one will strikeaa the horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the animals that are in those camps.
16Then all the survivors from the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of •Hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Booths.ab
17Should any of the families of the earth not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, rain will not fall on them.
18And if the peopleac of Egypt will not go up and enter, then rain will not fall on them; this will be the plague the LORD inflicts on the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Booths.
19This will be the punishment of Egypt and all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Booths.
20On that day, the words
HOLY TO THE LORD
will be on the bells of the horses.ad The pots in the house of the LORD will be like the sprinkling basins before the altar.
21Every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD of Hosts. Everyone who sacrifices will come and take some of the pots to cook in. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaaniteae in the house of the LORD of Hosts.
a. 14:1 Is 39:6; Jr 7:32; Am 9:13
b. 14:2 Jl 3:2; Zch 12:2-3
c. 14:3 Rv 19:11-21
d. 14:4 Ezk 11:23; Mt 24:3; Ac 1:11-12
e. 14:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Sym, Tg read You will be blocked — the valley of My mountains —
f. 14:5 LXX reads It will be blocked as it was blocked
g. 14:5 Am 1:1
h. 14:5 Dt 33:2-3; Ps 89:5,7; Dn 7:21; Jd 14
i. 14:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg, Tg, Syr; other Hb mss read you
j. 14:5 Ps 89:5-7; Mt 25:31
k. 14:6 Lit light; the precious things
l. 14:6 LXX, Sym, Syr, Tg, Vg read no light or cold or ice
m. 14:6 Is 13:10; Jl 2:10; 3:15
n. 14:7 Mt 24:36
o. 14:8 Ezk 41:7; 47:1-12; Jl 3:18; Rv 8:8-9; 16:3
p. 14:8 = the Dead Sea
q. 14:8 = the Mediterranean Sea
r. 14:9 Mt 25:31
s. 14:9 Dt 4:35,39; 6:4; Is 45:5
t. 14:10 2Kg 23:8
u. 14:10 Neh 11:29
v. 14:10 Or will be inhabited
w. 14:10 Jr 37:13
x. 14:10 Or the former gate
y. 14:10 Neh 3:1; 12:39; Jr 31:38-40
z. 14:14 Mc 4:13; Hg 2:7
aa. 14:15 Lit be on
ab. 14:16 Lv 23:33-36
ac. 14:18 Lit family
ad. 14:20 Ex 28:36; 39:30
ae. 14:21 Or merchant