Zechariah 14

1Look, the Lord has a special day for judging. And the wealth you have taken will be divided in your city. 2I will bring all the nations together to fight against Jerusalem. They will capture the city and destroy the houses. The women will be raped, and half of the people will be taken away as prisoners. But the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. 3Then the Lord will go to war with those nations. It will be a real battle. 4At that time, he will stand on the Mount of Olives, the hill east of Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives will split. Part of the mountain will move to the north, and part to the south. A deep valley will open up, from the east to the west. 5You will try to run away as that mountain valley comes closer and closer to you. You will run away like the time you ran from the earthquake during the time of Uzziah, king of Judah. But the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones will be with him. 6- 7That will be a very special day. There will not be any light, cold, or frost. Only the Lord knows how, but there will not be any day or night. Then, when darkness usually comes, there will still be light. 8At that time, water will flow continually from Jerusalem. That stream will split and part of it will flow east, and part of it will flow west to the Mediterranean Sea. And it will flow all year long, in the summer as well as in the winter. 9And the Lord will be the King of the whole world at that time. The Lord is One. His name is One. 10At that time, the whole area around Jerusalem will become ˻empty˼ like the Arabah desert. The country will be like a desert from Geba to Rimmon in the Negev. But the whole city of Jerusalem will be built again—from Benjamin Gate to the First Gate (that is, the Corner Gate) and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11People will move there to live. No enemy will come to destroy them any more. Jerusalem will be safe. 12But the Lord will punish the nations that fought against Jerusalem. He will send a terrible disease against them. Their skin will begin to rot while the people are still alive. Their eyes will rot in their sockets and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13- 15That terrible disease will be in the enemy camp. And their horses, mules, camels, and donkeys will all catch that terrible disease. At that time, those people will really be afraid of the Lord. Each man will grab his neighbor’s hand and those neighbors will fight each other. Even Judah will fight against Jerusalem. This will happen even while the wealth of all the nations has been gathered together around the city. There will be very much gold, silver, and clothing. 16Some of the people that came to fight Jerusalem will survive. And every year they will come to worship the king, the Lord All-Powerful. And they will come to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. 17And if people from any of the families on earth don’t go to Jerusalem to worship the king, the Lord All-Powerful, then the Lord will not let them have any rain. 18If any of the families in Egypt don’t come to celebrate the Festival of Shelters, then they will get that terrible disease that the Lord caused the enemy nations to get. 19That will be the punishment for Egypt, and for any other nation that does not come to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. 20At that time, everything will belong to God. Even the harnesses on the horses will have the label, holy to the lord. And all the pots used in the Lord’s temple will be just as important as the bowls used at the altar. 21In fact, every dish in Jerusalem and Judah will have the label, holy to the lord all-powerful. All the people offering sacrifices will come and take those dishes and cook ˻their special meals˼ in them. At that time, there will not be any businessmen buying and selling things in the temple of the Lord All-Powerful.

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