0 The day of the Lord (Zechariah 9-14)

Episode 231: The day of the Lord

Zechariah 9-14

A bastard will live in Ashdod

9 1 This is the burden of the word of God.

3-4 God will cast out and burn Tyrus.

6 A bastard will live in Ashdod.

7 I [God] will take blood out of his mouth, and abominations from between his teeth.

8 No oppressor will come near because I will see them with my own eyes.

A king will ride on a donkey

9 Be glad and shout, people of Jerusalem, because your king comes to you, humble and riding on a young donkey.

10 He will rule over the whole world.

14 God will be seen over them, and his arrow will fly like lightning.

He will blow a trumpet and go with whirlwinds to the south.

15 God will defend the people, who will drink wine and make noise.

17 Wine will make the young women cheerful.

God will his for them

10 1 Ask God for rain in the time of the latter rain.

2 The people wander without a shepherd.

3 I was angry with the shepherds, and I punished the goats.

5 They will kill their enemies, because God is with them.

8 I [God] will hiss for them.

Feed the flock of slaughter

11 1 Open your doors, Lebanon, so fire can burn your cedar trees.

2 Howl, fir tree, because the cedar has fallen!

Howl, oaks, because the forest is destroyed!

3 The shepherds and lions are howling because the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

4 This is what God says,

Feed the flock of the slaughter.

6 I won't pity the inhabitants of the land.

I'll force neighbors to kill their neighbors.

Two sticks: Beauty and Bands

7 I will feed the flock of slaughter.

So I took two sticks, one I called "Beauty" and the other I called "Bands".

Let everyone eat the flesh of another.

8 I cut off three shepherds in one month, because I hate them, and they hate me.

9 Then I said,

Whatever is dying, let it die.

Let everyone eat the flesh of another.

10 I took my staff, which I called "Beauty", and broke it in two pieces.

Thirty pieces of silver

12 And I said to the people, "How much will you pay for this?"

They paid me thirty pieces of silver.

13 God said to me, "Give the money to the potter."

So I gave it to the potter in God's house.

14 Then I broke my other stick, that I called "Bands", breaking the bond between Judah and Israel.

15 God said to me,

16 I'll appoint a shepherd who will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their claws to pieces.

17 Woe to the lazy shepherd! His arm will dry up, and his right eye will be darkened.

Mad riders on blind horses

12 1 The burden of word of God, who stretched out the sky and laid the foundations of the earth.

3 Whoever attacks Jerusalem will be cut in pieces, even though all the people on earth are gathered against it.

4 In that day, I'll smite every horse with blindness, and its rider with madness.

6 I'll make Judah devour the people around them.

9 I'll try to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.

10 And they will look upon the one whom they have pierced, and mourn for him as though he were their only son.

Parents will kill their child prophets

13 2 In that day, I'll make the prophets and unclean spirits leave the land.

3 And when a prophet prophesies, his parents will say to him,

You will die for speaking lies in God's name.

And they will kill him with a sword.

4 And prophets will be ashamed of their visions

God will kill two-thirds of the people and burn the rest

7 God will kill the shepherd, scatter the sheep, and kill the little ones.

8 I'll kill two-thirds of the people, but I'll leave one-third alive.

9 I'll refine the remaining third by burning them with fire.

The day of the Lord

14 1 The day of Lord is coming.

2 I [God] gather all nations to go to war against Jerusalem.

The city will be taken, the women raped, and half of the city enslaved.

3 Then God will fight against the nations that he gathered to attack Jerusalem

4 God's feet will stand on the mount of Olives.

5 And the mountain will split in two, with half going north and half going south.

7 On that day, the day won't be day or night. But the evening will be light.

8 Water will flow from Jerusalem, some toward the former sea, and some toward the hinder sea.

9 And God will be king of the earth.

Their flesh, eyes, and tongues will rot away

12 God will smite the people who fought against Jerusalem with a plague. Their flesh will rot away while they are standing, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and tongues will rot in their mouths.

13 Neighbors will kill neighbors.

15 There will also be a plague on all the beasts.

16 The survivors of the nations that attacked Jerusalem will come worship God in Jerusalem.

17-18 Those who refuse to worship God, will have no more rain, and will suffer the plague that God will send on the heathen.

20 On that day, there will be bells on the horses that say, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.

21 Every pot will be holiness to the Lord.

And all the Canaanites will be removed from God's house.

A few more words about this episode

Thy King cometh ... riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. (9:9)
The author of the gospel of Matthew (Mt 21:5) quoted this verse, claiming that Jesus fulfilled it when he entered Jerusalem. But he interpreted it a bit too literally, saying that Jesus rode on a colt and and ass at the same time.
The author of John's gospel dropped the colt and went with the ass. Jn 12:15
Thirty pieces of silver (11:12-13)
The gospel of Matthew claims that this passage was fulfilled when the priests bought the potter's field with the money they paid Judah, after he refused to take the money. But the author messed it up a bit by attributing it to Jeremiah rather than Zechariah. (Mt 27:3-10)
They will look upon the one whom they have pierced (12:10)
This verse is claimed to have been fulfilled by Jesus's crucifixion. (Jn 19:37)
God will kill the shepherd, scatter the sheep, and kill the little ones. (13:7)
Jesus, in the gospel of Matthew, attributes this verse to himself. (Mt 26:31)
So I guess Jesus thought that God was going to kill him and then slaughter his followers.
On that day (14:7)
The phrase "on that day" ("in that day" in the KJV) is used 20 times in the book of Zechariah, 18 times in the last six chapters. It isn't clear what the author had in mind, but many Christians believe it to refers to the end of the world.
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