Judgment on Israel's Enemies

Zechariah 9

1 The burden of the word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach
and g Damascus is its resting place.
For the Lord has an eye on mankind
and on all the tribes of Israel, 1
2 h and on Hamath also, which borders on it,
i Tyre and i Sidon, though j they are very wise.
3 Tyre has built herself k a rampart
and l heaped up silver like dust,
and fine gold like the mud of the streets.
4 But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions
and strike down m her power on the sea,
and n she shall be devoured by fire.

5 o Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;
Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.
The king shall perish from Gaza;
Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
6 p a mixed people 2 shall dwell in Ashdod,
and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
7 I will take away q its blood from its mouth,
and r its abominations from between its teeth;
s it too shall be a remnant for our God;
it shall be like t a clan in Judah,
and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
8 Then u I will encamp at my house as a guard,
v so that none shall march to and fro;
w no oppressor shall again march over them,
x for now I see with my own eyes.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 17:1
    An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.
  2. Cross References
    Jeremiah 49:23
    Concerning Damascus: "Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet.
    1 Kings 8:65
    So Solomon held the feast at that time, and all Israel with him, a great assembly, from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the Lord our God, seven days.
  3. Cross References
    Joshua 19:28 - 29
    Ebron, Rehob, Hammon, Kanah, as far as Sidon the Great.
    Isaiah 23:1 - 2
    The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor! From the land of Cyprus it is revealed to them.
  4. Cross References
    Joshua 19:28 - 29
    Ebron, Rehob, Hammon, Kanah, as far as Sidon the Great.
    Isaiah 23:1 - 2
    The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor! From the land of Cyprus it is revealed to them.
  5. Cross References
    Ezekiel 28:3 - 5
    You are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you.
  6. Cross References
    Joshua 19:29
    Then the boundary turns to Ramah, reaching to the fortified city of Tyre. Then the boundary turns to Hosah, and it ends at the sea; Mahalab, Achzib.
  7. Cross References
    Ezekiel 28:4 - 5
    By your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries.
  8. Cross References
    Ezekiel 26:17
    And they will raise a lamentation over you and say to you, "'How you have perished, you who were inhabited from the seas, O city renowned, who was mighty on the sea; she and her inhabitants imposed their terror on all her inhabitants!
  9. Cross References
    Ezekiel 28:18
    By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you.
  10. Cross References
    Zephaniah 2:4
    For Gaza shall be deserted, and Ashkelon shall become a desolation; Ashdod's people shall be driven out at noon, and Ekron shall be uprooted.
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:2
    No one born of a forbidden union may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord.
  12. Cross References
    Leviticus 3:17
    It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 66:17
    Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the Lord.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:1
    For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
  15. Cross References
    Zechariah 12:5 - 6
    Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the Lord of hosts, their God.
  16. Cross References
    Zechariah 2:5
    And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.'
  17. Cross References
    Zechariah 7:14
    "and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate."
  18. Cross References
    Zechariah 10:4
    From him shall come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler - all of them together.
    Isaiah 60:17
    Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will make your overseers peace and your taskmasters righteousness.
  19. Cross References
    Zechariah 12:4
    On that day, declares the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
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