Chapter 12

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1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

Commentary for Zechariah 12

Punishment of the enemies of Judah. (1-8) Repentance and sorrow of the Jews. (9-14)1-8 Here is a Divine prediction, which will be a heavy burden to all the enemies of the church. But it is for Israel; for their comfort and benefit. It is promised that God will make foolish the counsels, and weaken the courage of the enemies of the church. The exact meaning is not clear; but God often begins by calling the poor and despised; and in that day even the feeblest will resemble David, and be as eminent in courage and every thing good. Desirable indeed is it that the examples and labours of Christians should render them as fire among wood, as a torch in a sheaf, to kindle the flame of Divine love, to spread religion on the right hand and on the left.

9-14 The day here spoken of, is the day of Jerusalem's defence and deliverance, that glorious day when God will appear for the salvation of his people. In Christ's first coming he bruised the serpent's head, and broke all the powers of darkness that fought against God's kingdom among men. In his second coming he will complete their destruction, when he shall put down all opposing rule, principality, and power; and death itself shall be swallowed up in that victory. The Holy Spirit is gracious and merciful, and is the Author of all grace or holiness. He, also, is the Spirit of supplications, and shows men their ignorance, want, guilt, misery, and danger. At the time here foretold, the Jews will know who the crucified Jesus was; then they shall look by faith to him, and mourn with the deepest sorrow, not only in public, but in private, even each one separately. There is a holy mourning, the effect of the pouring out of the Spirit; a mourning for sin, which quickens faith in Christ, and qualifies for joy in God. This mourning is a fruit of the Spirit of grace, a proof of a work of grace in the soul, and of the Spirit of supplications. It is fulfilled in all who sorrow for sin after a godly sort; they look to Christ crucified, and mourn for him. Looking by faith upon the cross of Christ will cause us to mourn for sin after a godly sort.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Zechariah 12

  • Bill on Zechariah 12
    And there was a great mourning that day when our lord was hanged on the cross and great it was.
  • Joseph Mashego on Zechariah 12
    Zachariah 12 is based on the last day prophecy of unification of Israel back to God for the preparation of the coming Messiah. And Zachariah 12 introduces the current Prime-Minister Benjamin Nathan-Yahu as the fulfiller of I Samuel 23:17 where Jo-Nathan was expected to takeover Israel Kingship after King David of which this never came to pass. Benjamin with the Nathan name.
  • A disciple on Zechariah 12
    "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." God is putting all the earth into the furnace to be melted, to show what is in their thoughts; who is on the LORD's side, and who is an antichrist child of the devil! Jesus will come to save Israel!
  • Charles fiorucci on Zechariah 12
    Jesus Christ the sinless son of god is coming soon repent
    of sin religion is sending countless to hell only Jesus Christ
    the God man will save. john14-6
  • Eaglesrock on Zechariah 12
    To Jean There are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and theses THREE are one. God said let US make man. Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. God said this is my beloved son, hear Him. We are to baptise in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Steven said I see Jesus siting at the right hand of the Father. There are more I hope I made my point.
  • Rudy Moreno on Zechariah 12:10
    Awesome prophecy of our Lord of glory ....... JESUS
  • Jerry Leonard on Zechariah 12
    CORRECTION to my last post, it should have been Zechariah Chapter 12, verse 6
  • Jerry leonard on Zechariah 12
    Zechariah chapter 12 v.8 tells plainly Israel will defeat all their close enemy neighbors next to or round about them taking all Jerusalem and land with it. This will be Israel 's next great war. Read Ezekiel 38 v.11 Israel has walls, bars and gates today. When Russia comes down there will be nowalls, bars or gates.
  • ROGER GRIFFITH on Zechariah 12


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