Zechariah 12

1. [This is] the vision of the Lord's oracle, that which the Lord declared regarding Israel, [the Lord] who created* the heavens and set the foundations of the earth and created* the spirit of the human being within her.*
2. "Behold, I shall make Jerusalem the swinging* door to all the nations that circle her, going back and forth, and even in Judea there shall be affliction, together with Jerusalem.**
3. "And on that Day, I shall make Jerusalem the trampling stone* for all the nations and all those who trample her shall be utterly torn apart,* and all the nations of the earth shall gather against her.
4. "And in it, on that Day," said the Lord, "I shall strike all the horses with fright and their riders with cowardice, and all the horsemen of the nations I shall strike with blindness."*
5. And the noblemen* of Judea shall say in their hearts, "They gained more power than us, these inhabitants of Jerusalem, through their Almighty Lord God."*
6. "In it, on that Day, I shall make the noblemen* of Judea like a fiery ember on a torch* and like a burning lamp* in the dungeon,* and they shall consume all the nations that circle them,* and there shall sit Jerusalem again in its own place as Jerusalem."*
7. And the Lord shall command the tabernacle of Judea as of olden [times,] for the glory of the House of David shall not be denigrated and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem over* the House of Judah.
8. In it, on that Day, the Lord shall save* the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the sickest of them shall be like David, and the House of David shall be like [the House] of God, like an angel of God [is standing] before them.
9. "In it, on that Day, the Lord shall spring forth [to send] to oblivion all the nations that come over to Jerusalem.*
10. "And I shall cast upon the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of tolerance and mercy, and they shall gaze upon me, the one they* touched."* And they shall writhe over him, as they writhe over [the death] of an only son,* and they shall be broken over him, as they are broken over an heir's [death]".*
11. In it, on that Day, there will be much writhing in Jerusalem, like the writhing of the son of Ammon on [account of his] exodus from Megiddo.
12. And the earth shall mourn, each tribe as one;* the tribe of the House of David as one, and their women as one; the tribe of the House of Nathan as one, and their women as one.
13. The tribe of the House of Levi as one, and their women as one, and the tribe of the House of Simon as one, and their women as one.
14. All the remaining tribes shall writhe,* tribe by tribe as one, together with their women.*


*12:1.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Expanded."
*12:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gave birth to."
*12:1.3 NB! Reference to "the world" that He created. The words for heaven, earth and the world are all feminine in gender in the Aramaic language. In Aramaic there is no neuter -- everything is grammatically either feminine or masculine in gender.
*12:2.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reeling," or "equivocation."
*12:2.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Also on Judea will be distress together with Jerusalem."
*12:2.3 NB! Prophecy regarding the Roman conquest and subjugation of Judea and Jerusalem at the time of Eashoa (Jesus.)
*12:3.1 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: Or: "A stumbling block."
*12:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Frayingly get frayed."
*12:4 NB! The Day Eashoa (Jesus) would be on the Cross.
*12:5.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Overlords," or "great ones."
*12:5.2 NB! Jealousy of the noblemen against the Disciples of Eashoa (Jesus) for the powers He would give them.
*12:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Overlords," or "great ones."
*12:6.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Stick."
*12:6.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lamp of fire in the dark."
*12:6.3 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Enlighten all the nations [with the knowledge of the Lord.]"
*12:6.4 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Sit in her rightful place."
*12:7 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "On account of."
*12:8 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Shield."
*12:9 NB! The natural impulse of the Disciples of Eashoa (Jesus) to spurn the foreigners, and to retain for themselves the Faith in His Name, namely "the followers of Eashoa" or Msheekhai, and not to proffer this Faith to the nations of the world, on account of the Roman occupation of Judea and the persecution of the Jewish Nation.
*12:10.1 NB! Reference to the Romans who crucified Eashoa (Jesus).
*12:10.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "They took issue with him."
*12:10.3 & *12:10.4 NB! Both references are to Eashoa (Jesus,) as the Jewish Nation would come to mourn Him.
*12:13.1 NB! Writhing is a traditional form of dancing at funerals during Biblical times.
*12:13.2 NB! Prophecy regarding the Twelve Tribes of Israel that shall all mourn the Crucifixion of Eashoa (Jesus); both men and women shall mourn.

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