1 The burden of the word of the LORD upon Israel, said the LORD, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I place Jerusalem as [a] cup of poison unto all the peoples round about and also unto Judah [who] shall be in the siege against Jerusalem.
3 And it shall be that in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone unto all peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, and all the Gentiles of the earth shall gather themselves together against her.
4 In that day, said the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment and his rider with madness; but I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah and will smite every horse of the peoples with blindness.
5 And the captains of Judah shall say in their heart, My strength [is] the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the LORD of the hosts, their God.
6 In that day I will make the captains of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood and like a torch of fire among [the] sheaves; and they shall devour all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, [even] in Jerusalem.
7 And the LORD shall keep the tents of Judah [as] in the beginning, so that the glory of the house of David and of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not [cause those of] Judah to magnify [themselves].
8 In that day the LORD shall defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is weak among them in that time 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 Gentiles 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 prayer, and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn over him as one mourns for [his] only [son], afflicting themselves over him as one afflicts himself over [his] firstborn.
11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
12 And the land shall mourn, each 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.: