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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 12

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A pronouncement: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The utterance of the LORD, Who stretched out the skies And made firm the earth, And created man's breath within him:

1 2Behold, I will make Jerusalem a bowl of reeling for the peoples all around. Judah shall be caught up in the siege upon Jerusalem, 3when all the nations of the earth gather against her. In that day, I will make Jerusalem a stone for all the peoples to lift; all who lift it shall injure themselves. 4In that day—declares the LORD—I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness. But I will d‐ Emendation yields “open the eyes of Judah while I strike all.” watch over the House of Judah while I strike every horse of ‐d Emendation yields “open the eyes of Judah while I strike all.” the peoples with blindness. 5And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, e‐ Emendation yields “We will save the dwellers of Jerusalem with the help of.” “The dwellers of Jerusalem are a task set for us by ‐e Emendation yields “We will save the dwellers of Jerusalem with the help of.” their God, the LORD of Hosts.” 6In that day, I will make the clans of Judah like a flaming brazier among sticks and like a flaming torch among sheaves. They shall devour all the besieging peoples right and left; and Jerusalem shall continue on its site, in Jerusalem. f Emendation yields “safety.”

7The LORD will give victory to the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the House of David and the glory of theinhabitants of Jerusalem may not be too great for Judah. 8In that day, the LORD will shield the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and the feeblest of them shall be in that day like David, and the House of David like a divine being—like an angel of the LORD—at their head.

9In that day I will a‐ for the idiom cf. Gen. 43.30 ; it is also attested in postbiblical Hebrew. all but annihilate ‐a for the idiom cf. Gen. 43.30 ; it is also attested in postbiblical Hebrew. all the nations that came up against Jerusalem. 10But I will fill the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem with a spirit of pity and compassion; and they shall lament b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. to Me about those who are slain, wailing over them as over a favorite son and showing bitter grief as over a first‐born. 11In that day, the wailing in Jerusalem shall be as great as the wailing at Hadad‐rimmon in the plain of Megiddon. c Usually “Megiddo.” 12The land shall wail, each family by itself: The family of the House of David by themselves, and their womenfolk by themselves; the family of the House of Nathan by themselves, and their womenfolk by themselves; 13the family of the House of Levi by themselves, and their women‐folk by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by themselves, and their womenfolk by themselves; 14and all the other families, every family by itself, with their womenfolk by themselves. d In this way, apparently, they will prevail upon the Lord to spare the remnant of the besieging nations; cf. v. 10 .

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d‐d Emendation yields “open the eyes of Judah while I strike all.”

e‐e Emendation yields “We will save the dwellers of Jerusalem with the help of.”

f Emendation yields “safety.”

a‐a for the idiom cf. Gen. 43.30 ; it is also attested in postbiblical Hebrew.

b Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

c Usually “Megiddo.”

d In this way, apparently, they will prevail upon the Lord to spare the remnant of the besieging nations; cf. v. 10 .

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