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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 12

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Jerusalem God's Instrument. * 1An oracle: the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus says the LORD, who spreads out the heavens, lays the foundations of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: z Is 42, 5 . 2See, I will make Jerusalem a bowl to stupefy all peoples round about. [Judah will be besieged, even Jerusalem.] a Is 51, 17; Jer 51, 7 . 3On that day I will make Jerusalem a weighty stone for all peoples. All who attempt to lift it shall injure themselves badly, and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered against her. b Mt 21, 44 . 4On that day, says the LORD, I will strike every horse with fright, and its rider with madness. I will strike blind all the horses of the peoples, but upon the house of Judah I will open my eyes, 5and the princes of Judah shall say to themselves, “The inhabitants of Jerusalem have their strength in the LORD of hosts, their God.” 6On that day I will make the princes of Judah like a brazier of fire in the woodland, and like a burning torch among sheaves, and they shall devour right and left all the surrounding peoples; but Jerusalem shall still abide on its own site. c Ob 18 . 7The LORD shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over Judah. 8On that day, the LORD will shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the weakling among them shall be like David on that day, and the house of David godlike, like an angel of the LORD before them. d Ex 32, 34 . 9On that day I will seek the destruction of all nations that come against Jerusalem.

Messianic Jerusalem. 10I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and petition; e Jer 6, 26; Jn 19, 34; Rv 1, 7 . and they shall look on him whom they have thrust through, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a firstborn.*

11 *On that day the mourning in Jerusalem shall be as great as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. f 2 Chr 35, 22–25 . 12And the land shall mourn, each family apart: the family of the house of David, and their wives; the family of the house of Nathan, and their wives; 13the family of the house of Levi, and their wives; the family of Shemei, and their wives; 14and all the rest of the families, each family apart, and the wives apart.

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z: Is 42, 5 .

a: Is 51, 17; Jer 51, 7 .

b: Mt 21, 44 .

c: Ob 18 .

d: Ex 32, 34 .

e: Jer 6, 26; Jn 19, 34; Rv 1, 7 .

f: 2 Chr 35, 22–25 .

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