Zechariah 8:13
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New International Version
Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong."

New Living Translation
Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don't be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!

English Standard Version
And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.”

Berean Study Bible
As you have been a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid; let your hands be strong.”

New American Standard Bible
'It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.'

King James Bible
And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

Christian Standard Bible
As you have been a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Don't be afraid; let your hands be strong."

Contemporary English Version
People of Judah and Israel, you have been a curse to the nations, but I will save you and make you a blessing to them. So don't be afraid or lose courage.

Good News Translation
People of Judah and Israel! In the past foreigners have cursed one another by saying, 'May the same disasters fall on you that fell on Judah and Israel!' But I will save you, and then those foreigners will say to one another, 'May you receive the same blessings that came to Judah and Israel!' So have courage and don't be afraid."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As you have been a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Don't be afraid; let your hands be strong."

International Standard Version
Furthermore, house of Judah and house of Israel, even though you used to be a curse among the nations, now I will surely save you, and you will be a blessing. Stop being afraid. Instead, grow stronger.'"

NET Bible
And it will come about that just as you (both Judah and Israel) were a curse to the nations, so I will save you and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid! Instead, be strong!'

New Heart English Bible
It shall come to pass that, as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not be afraid. Let your hands be strong."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Just as you, people of Judah and people of Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will now save you, and you will become a blessing. Don't be afraid. Let your hands work hard.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall come to pass that, as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing; fear not, but let your hands be strong.

New American Standard 1977
‘And it will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it shall come to pass that as ye were a curse among the Gentiles, O house of Judah and house of Israel; so will I save you that ye might be a blessing; fear not, but let your hands be strong.

King James 2000 Bible
And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

American King James Version
And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

American Standard Version
And it shall come to pass that, as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the Gentiles, O house of Juda, and house of Israel: so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing: fear not, let your hands be strengthened.

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, like as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear ye not, let your hands be strong.

English Revised Version
And it shall come to pass that, as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, let your hands be strong.

World English Bible
It shall come to pass that, as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Don't be afraid. Let your hands be strong."

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath come to pass, As ye have been a reviling among nations, O house of Judah, and house of Israel, So I save you, and ye have been a blessing, Do not fear, let your hands be strong.
Study Bible
The Restoration of Jerusalem
12“For the seed will be prosperous, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will yield its produce, and the skies will give their dew. To the remnant of this people I will give all these things as an inheritance. 13As you have been a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid; let your hands be strong.” 14For this is what the LORD of Hosts says: “Just as I resolved to bring disaster upon you when your fathers provoked Me to anger, and I did not relent,” says the LORD of Hosts,…
Cross References
Genesis 12:2
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

Psalm 72:17
May his name endure forever; may his name increase as long as the sun shines. In him may all nations be blessed; may they call him blessed.

Isaiah 19:24
In that day Israel will join a three-party alliance with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing upon the earth.

Isaiah 19:25
The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance."

Isaiah 43:28
So I will disgrace the princes of your sanctuary, and consign Jacob to destruction and Israel to reproach.

Isaiah 65:15
You will leave behind your name as a curse for My chosen ones, and the Lord GOD will slay you, but to His servants He will give another name.

Jeremiah 29:18
I will pursue them with sword, famine, and plague. I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth--a curse, a desolation, and an object of scorn and reproach among all the nations to which I banish them.

Jeremiah 44:12
And I will take away the remnant of Judah who have resolved to go to the land of Egypt to reside there; they will meet their end. They will all fall by the sword or by famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by sword or famine. Then they will become an object of cursing and horror, of vilification and reproach.

Ezekiel 34:26
I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing. I will send down showers in their season--showers of blessing.

Daniel 9:11
All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, has been poured out on us because we have sinned against You.

Haggai 2:5
This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt. And My Spirit remains among you; do not be afraid."

Zechariah 8:9
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Let your hands be strong, you who now hear these words spoken by the prophets who were present when the foundations were laid to rebuild the temple, the house of the LORD of Hosts.

Zechariah 8:15
"so now I have resolved to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.

Zechariah 14:11
People will live there, and never again will there be an utter destruction. So Jerusalem will dwell securely.

Treasury of Scripture

And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

a curse.

Deuteronomy 28:37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among …

Deuteronomy 29:23-28 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, …

1 Kings 9:7,8 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; …

2 Chronicles 7:20-22 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have …

Psalm 44:13,14,16 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to …

Psalm 79:4 We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to …

Isaiah 65:15,16 And you shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen: for the Lord …

Jeremiah 24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the …

Jeremiah 25:18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, …

Jeremiah 26:6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city …

Jeremiah 29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with …

Jeremiah 42:18 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As my anger and …

Jeremiah 44:12,22 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to …

Lamentations 2:15,16 All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their …

Lamentations 4:15 They cried to them, Depart you; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch …

Ezekiel 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment …

Daniel 9:11 Yes, all Israel have transgressed your law, even by departing, that …

O house.

Zechariah 1:19 And I said to the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he …

Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised …

Zechariah 10:6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house …

2 Kings 17:18-20 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out …

Isaiah 9:20,21 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall …

Jeremiah 32:30-32 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done …

Jeremiah 33:24 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

Ezekiel 37:11,16-19 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

ye shall. The consideration that all nations who now worship the true God, and receive the Sacred Scriptures as His word, have derived the whole of their divine knowledge, under God, from Jewish prophets, apostles, and teachers, and that the Saviour in whom all nations shall be blessed, sprang from that favoured race, emphatically explains what is meant by ye shall be a blessing. The full accomplishment of this prediction, however, is probably reserved for the future restoration of the Jews.

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there …

Zechariah 10:6-9 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house …

Genesis 12:2,3 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 26:4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and …

Ruth 4:11,12 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We …

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

Isaiah 19:24,25 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, …

Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the middle of many people as …

Zephaniah 3:20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you…

Galatians 3:14,28,29 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ…

Haggai 2:19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yes, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, …

fear not.

Zechariah 8:9 Thus said the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, you that hear …

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Isaiah 41:10-16 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.







Verse 13. - As ye were a curse among the heathen. As your fate was used as a formula of imprecation among the heathen; e.g. "May your fate be that of the Jews" (see examples of this, 2 Kings 22:19; Isaiah 65:15; Jeremiah 24:9; Jeremiah 29:22). The other way of taking the expression as meaning the object of curse (i.e. as the heathen once used to curse you), is not so suitable. Judah... Israel. This expression includes the twelve tribes, of all of which some members had returned, and continued to return, from the Captivity. They were united now and formed one nation (see note on Zechariah 9:10). So will I save you. In as open and significant a manner will I show that I am delivering and favouring you. Ye shall be a blessing. This must be taken correspondingly to the former phrase, being a "curse;" ye shall be used as a formula for blessing; e.g. "God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh" (Genesis 48:20; comp. Ruth 4:11, 12). Fear not (Zephaniah 3:16). "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31; comp. Numbers 14:9). Let your hands be strong (see note on ver. 9). The LXX. takes the paragraph differently and erroneously: "And it shall be that in like manner as ye were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing," i.e. a cause of blessing, Ητε ἐν κατάρᾳ... ἔσεσθε ἐν εὐλογίᾳ. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen,.... Reproached, vilified, and called accursed by them; see Jeremiah 24:9 as true Christians, and real believers in Christ, are by the men of this world, 1 Corinthians 4:12,

O house of Judah, and house of Israel; both being carried captive at different times, and were typical of the true and Spiritual Israel of God:

so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing; be blessed in themselves with the above blessings of plenty and prosperity in outward things; see Haggai 2:19 and a blessing to others, and blessed by them; and all those who are saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation are blessed with all spiritual blessings in him:

fear not; neither their enemies, nor the accomplishment of these promises:

but let your hands be strong; as in Zechariah 8:9. 13. a curse—As the heathen have made you another name for "a curse," wishing to their foes as bad a lot as yours (Jer 24:9; 29:18); so your name shall be a formula of blessing, so that men shall say to their friend, May thy lot be as happy as that of Judah (Ge 48:20). Including also the idea of the Jews being a source of blessing to the Gentile nations (Mic 5:7; Zep 3:20). The distinct mention of "Judah" and "Israel" proves that the prophecy has not yet had its full accomplishment, as Israel (the ten tribes) has never yet been restored, though individuals of Israel returned with Judah.8:9-17 Those only who lay their hands to the plough of duty, shall have them strengthened with the promises of mercy: those who avoid their fathers' faults have the curse turned into a blessing. Those who believed the promises, were to show their faith by their works, and to wait the fulfilment. When God is displeased, he can cause trade to decay, and set every man against his neighbour; but when he returns in mercy, all is happy and prosperous. Surely believers in Christ must not trifle with the exhortation to put away lying, and to speak every man peace with his neighbour, to hate what the Lord hates, and to love that wherein he delights.
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