Zechariah 2:12
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New American Standard Bible
"The LORD will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.

King James Bible
And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah shall inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

World English Bible
Yahweh will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah hath inherited Judah, His portion on the holy ground, And He hath fixed again on Jerusalem.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

And the Lord shall inherit Judah His portion - The inheritance of the Lord is the title which God commonly gave to Israel (Deuteronomy 4:20; Deuteronomy 9:26, Deuteronomy 9:29; 1 Samuel 26:19; 2 Samuel 14:16; 2 Samuel 20:19; 2 Samuel 21:3; 1 Kings 8:51; Psalm 28:9; Psalm 33:12; Psalm 68:10; Psalm 78:62, Psalm 78:71; Psalm 119:1; Psalm 106:40, Joel 2:17; Joel 3:2, (Hebrew) Isaiah 19:25; Isaiah 47:6; Jeremiah 12:7-9; Jeremiah 50:11). God is said to be the portion of Israel Jeremiah 10:16; Jeremiah 51:19; of the pious Psalm 16:5; Psalm 73:26; Psalm 119:57; Psalm 142:6; Lamentations 3:24; once only beside, is Israel said to be the portion of God Deuteronomy 32:9; once only is God said to inherit Israel, "Pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance" Exodus 34:9. Zechariah unites the two rare idioms.

In the holy land - The land is again made holy by God, and sanctified by His Presence. So He calls the place where He revealed Himself to Moses, "holy ground" Exodus 3:5. So it is said, "the holy place" Leviticus 10:17; Leviticus 14:13, "the holy house" 1 Chronicles 29:3, "the holy ark" 2 Chronicles 35:3, "the holy city" Nehemiah 11:1, Nehemiah 11:18; Isaiah 48:2; Isaiah 52:1, "the holy mountain" Isaiah 27:13; Jeremiah 31:23; Zechariah 8:3, "the holy people" Isaiah 62:12, "the holy chambers" (Ezekiel 42:13 all), or, with reference to their relation to God who consecrates them, "My holy mountain" Psalm 2:6; Isaiah 11:9; Isaiah 56:7; Isaiah 57:13; Isaiah 65:11, Isaiah 65:25; Isaiah 66:20; Ezekiel 20:40; Joel 2:1; Joel 3:17; Obadiah 1:16. Zephaniah 3:11, "Thy holy habitation" Exodus 15:13, "Thy holy dwelling-place" (Deuteronomy 26:15. "His holy hab." Psalm 68:6; Jeremiah 25:30; Zechariah 2:1-13 :17) "thy holy temple" (Psalm 5:8; Psalm 79:1; Psalm 138:2; Jonah 2:5, Jonah 2:8, "His holy temple," Micah 1:2; Habakkuk 2:20), "Thy holy mountain" (Psalm 15:1; Psalm 43:3; Daniel 9:16. "His holy hill," Psalm 3:5; Psalm 48:2; Psalm 99:9), "Thy holy oracle" Psalm 28:2, "Thy holy city" Daniel 9:24, "cities" Isaiah 64:9, "His holy place" Psalm 24:1-10 :, "His holy border." Psalm 78:54. It is not one technical expression, as people now by a sort of effort speak of "the holy land." Everything which has reference to God is holy. The land is holy, not for any merits of theirs, but because God was worshiped there, was specially present there. It was an anticipation and type of "Thy holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge Thee." This land their fathers had "polluted with blood" Psalm 106:38; God says, "they defiled My land" Jeremiah 2:7; Jeremiah 3:9; Jeremiah 16:18; Ezekiel called her eminently, "the land that is not cleansed" Ezekiel 22:24. Now God said, "I will remove the iniquity of the land" Zechariah 3:9, and she was again a holy land, as hallowed by Him.

It is not a mere conversion of the pagan, But, as Isaiah Isa 2:3 and Micah M1 Corinthians 4:2 foretold; a conversion, of which Jerusalem should be the center, as our Lord explained to the Apostles after His Resurrection, "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" Luke 24:47.

Zechariah 2:12 Parallel Commentaries

In the Days of Queen Esther
Under the favor shown them by Cyrus, nearly fifty thousand of the children of the captivity had taken advantage of the decree permitting their return. These, however, in comparison with the hundreds of thousands scattered throughout the provinces of Medo-Persia, were but a mere remnant. The great majority of the Israelites had chosen to remain in the land of their exile rather than undergo the hardships of the return journey and the re-establishment of their desolated cities and homes. A score or
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

The Extent of Messiah's Spiritual Kingdom
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever! T he Kingdom of our Lord in the heart, and in the world, is frequently compared to a building or house, of which He Himself is both the Foundation and the Architect (Isaiah 28:16 and 54:11, 12) . A building advances by degrees (I Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:20-22) , and while it is in an unfinished state, a stranger cannot, by viewing its present appearance, form an accurate judgment
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:9
"For the LORD'S portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.

2 Chronicles 6:6
but I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'

Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

Psalm 132:13
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation.

Psalm 132:14
"This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

Isaiah 14:1
When the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

Jeremiah 10:16
The portion of Jacob is not like these; For the Maker of all is He, And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The LORD of hosts is His name.

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